Blog 2018-12-12T12:27:52-06:00

Taking a Look Back at Backwoods Paddlesports

Backwoods Paddlesports had another successful season down at Panther Island Pavilion this past year. This is was the first year they expanded months of operation to nine months out the the year, March through November. While we wait for their 7th season opening to happen on March 2, take a look back at 2018 with us. 2018 marked their 6th and most successful season with the most rentals! They had a total of 6, 404 rentals. The rentals include kayaks, canoes and stand-up-paddleboards. Backwoods offer a variety of different discount for their customers throughout the season, but one that is available all season long is receiving 50% off of a rental price when you bring back a bag full of trash from your time on the water. In 2018, customers collected a total of 260 bags of trash! Backwoods Paddlesports has even more in store for their customers in 2019! Stay tuned for more information regarding their moonlight kayak tours. Backwoods Paddlesports Website

Panther Island Bridge Updates February 2019

Significant progress continues on all three of the TxDOT signature bridges on Panther Island. Here are a few highlights: North Main St. Bridge: TxDOT’s contractor, Texas Sterling, is scheduled to pour the third of four V-Piers on the bridge near the end of February. Approximately 210 CY of high strength concrete will be placed over a 12-14 hour period. Due to the cooler weather the work can be performed during the daylight hours beginning in the early morning. Even though the temperatures are cooler, it is anticipated that liquid nitrogen will still be used to help control the temperature of the concrete being placed. The Contractor has also started to erect the bridge’s superstructure false work at north end of the bridge which will allow for the construction of the box girders that will support the future bridge deck. White Settlement Bridge: The Contractor has finished all of the false work for the bridge’s superstructure and is installing the box girder steel over the first two sets of V-Piers on the west side of the bridge. It is anticipated that the contractor will pour the first bottom slab section of the box girders in late February. Henderson St. Bridge: The Contractor has

Why is Fort Worth called Panther City?

Where Panther Island gets its name is a long story, pulled from The City of Fort Worth's own rich history. The long line of panther mania, from the FW Police Dept to statues–even a brewery, all began in the late 1800’s. Read the nickname's origin in the Dallas Morning story. READ THE ARTICLE

Fort Wort Hispanic Chamber of Commerce – BUILD FW

Event: BUILD FW Date: March 14 Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Amon Carter Center 3200 Saguinet  St Fort Worth TX 76107 Mark your calendars to come and see Trinity River Vision Authority Build FW is a business to business networking event that gives Fort Worth and Tarrant County based businesses (including minority, woman and veteran owned businesses) the opportunity to meet with public and private entities to discover their unique procurement process, supplier diversity, and requirements for doing business with each entity in attendance. Mark your calendars to come and see Trinity River Vision Authority at BUILD FW and learn about contracting opportunities as progress continues at Gateway Park and on Panther Island. EVENT INFORMATION

DID YOU KNOW: Urban Revitalization

Did you know the new infrastructure updates needed for flood protection will aid in restoring 800+ acres of underutilized, industrial land on the island? The new bypass channel and associated flood control infrastructure will aid in restoring more than 800 acres of underutilized land resulting in opportunities for housing units, commercial and retail space as well as connect Downtown with the Cultural District and The Stockyards. Panther Island is expected to… Generate more than 29,600 full-time workers in the area Contribute over $3.7 billion in annual economic activity to our region Increase the tax base by over a billion dollars from $129 million to $1.3 billion Connect Downtown with the Cultural District and The Stockyards Add 12 miles of developable waterfront in our central business district

2019 Financial Recap

2019 Financial Recap The Tarrant Regional Water District will provide the final installments of its $200 million loan to the Panther Island flood control project within the next year, leading to a possible bond sale to pay for the remaining local components. The District expects to provide the final $13.3 million of its loan commitment for construction of the $1.16 billion Panther Island project, which will create a waterfront community on an 800-acre island north of downtown Fort Worth. The District will complete funding their loan by mid-2019, meaning that the District’s board members will next consider selling bonds to sustain the $32.9 million budget adopted in September for the 2019 fiscal year. “At some point they will have to decide if they (the TRWD Board) want to switch over from the loan to a bond sale,” to continue funding, said Sandy Newby, the District’s Financial Director following a presentation to the District’s board at its December meeting. “Our board wants to make sure the public knows how the money is being spent and when we get to the point where bonds will have to be sold. They want to authorize the first use

DID YOU KNOW: The Confluence

The area of water where the Clear Fork and West Fork intersect and continue to flow east is referred to as the confluence.  The confluence will undergo an expansion that is an important part of the Central City Project. With the levee system that is in place today, the flood control portion of that area is not withstanding the population growth in Fort Worth which in return causes the water to fill up that space quicker. Eventually, the confluence will have a 33-acre expansion, making it into basically the size of Town Lake in Austin, TX. This expansion will not only create an urban lake to the island but will aid in the flood control of the Central City Project by adding space for storage of water during a flood. The urban lake will eventually turn into a focal point for outdoor activity on the island, including kayaking, paddle boarding and people being able to get out and enjoy the water. Click on the button below to read more about the other steps being taken for flood protection and other project goals. Project Goals

Bridge Tour October 25, 2018

On October 25, a group of aspiring Civil Engineers from The University of Texas at Arlington and Tarleton State University had the opportunity to visit the signature v-pier bridges involved in the Panther Island Project. A few students were members of The American Society of Civil Engineers from their respective universities. The group had the opportunity to hear from project partners and consultants. They saw firsthand the progress being made on all three bridges.  TxDot, City of Fort Worth and other project partners were able to show the construction elements that go into a bridge design that has never been constructed before. These students gained invaluable experience by getting up close and personal with the signature v-pier bridges while listening to project managers explain the process. The ASCE Fort Worth Branch and TexITE Greater Fort Worth Section were the sponsoring organizations. The speakers/tour guides on the tour are listed below: Alex Garcia, P.E., Freese & Nichols Mildred Palangan, P.E., TxDOT Fort Worth District Brad Watson, P.E., Freese & Nichols Scott Cooner, P.E., Texas A&M Transportation Institute Doug Rademaker, P.E., City of Fort Worth

Fort Worth ISD Schools on Skates — Week One Recap

Thanks to a partnership between the Trinity River Vision Authority, Bank of Texas and Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth, thousands of FWISD elementary students from 23 Fort Worth ISD schools will get the opportunity to experience Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, Panther Island Ice! “We are so excited to launch this program with the Trinity River Vision Authority and give some of our very deserving students a chance to experience one of Fort Worth’s newest holiday traditions,” said Tobi Jackson, FWISD Board President. “Without the program most of these students would not have had the opportunity to experience the ice rink,” she said. We kicked off the Fort Worth ISD Schools on Skates program with Greenbriar, Charles Nash, and M.L. Phillips Elementary School's 3rd graders last week. They were the first to enjoy Panther Island Ice this year before the rink opened to the public on Friday, November 16. Thank you to Blue Zones Project - Forth Worth and Bank of Texas for helping us make this program possible! “We are proud to partner with Trinity River Vision Authority again this year to support Fort Worth ISD and ensure as many children as possible have the opportunity

Panther island Ice to Host FWISD Schools on Skates Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 12, 2018 Panther Island Ice to Host FWISD Schools on Skates Program Schools on Skates Media Day to be held on November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. FORT WORTH, TX – Thanks to a partnership between the Trinity River Vision Authority, Bank of Texas and Blue Zones Project - Fort Worth thousands of FWISD elementary students will get the opportunity to experience Fort Worth’s only outdoor ice skating rink, Panther Island Ice. FWISD Schools on Skates is a program which will allow students from 23 FWISD elementary schools to experience ice skating at Panther Island Ice. The media is invited for photo and interview opportunities on Wednesday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. to kick off the Schools on Skates Program with students from Greenbriar Elementary. The Trinity River Vision Authority has partnered with Bank of Texas who have generously covered the cost of student transportation for the FWISD Schools on Skates program. “We are proud to partner with Trinity River Vision Authority again this year to support Fort Worth ISD and ensure as many children as possible have the opportunity to enjoy Panther Island Ice,” said Mark Nurdin, Fort Worth