Sydney O'Connell, Author at Panther Island Central City Project

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2020-02-11T11:19:19-06:00 February 10th, 2020|Panther Island Blog|

Before the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) can begin rerouting the river, three signature bridges are being built in a dry condition to maintain access in the area throughout the duration of the project. The bridges will reroute traffic flow over two former railroad crossings, decreasing delays. This project is being constructed by TxDOT with the City of Fort Worth as the local sponsor. WHITE SETTLEMENT BRIDGE The TxDOT Contractor, Texas Sterling, has installed six out of the eight tie beams (large support beam under the bridge deck) on White Settlement Bridge. The most recent tie beam installed was on v-pier 2. The tie beam was hydraulically lowered into place on the deck on the bridge. The beam placed is 86 feet long and weighs approxiamtely 120,000 pounds. The contractor is continuing work on pouring the lower deck support system along with installing the other tie beams across the bridge. HENDERSON STREET BRIDGE All eight v-piers have been poured and work continues on the bridge’s superstructure false work (the temporary support structure for construction). The Contractor is currently installing the superstructure false work across v-piers 2,3,4 and

Backwoods Paddlesports 2020 Season

2020-02-10T13:39:47-06:00 February 10th, 2020|Panther Island Blog|

Backwoods Paddlesports will be opening for thier 2020 season on Sunday, March 1! They will be returning for their 8th season out on the Trinity River. In 2019 alone, Backwoods Paddlesports rented more than 5,600 stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, and canoes. They also had customers collect 207 bags of trash from the river. Customers recieve half off rentals when they bring back a full bag of trash. New for the 2019 season, they hosted Night/ Sunset Paddle events and already have a few scheduled for their 2020 season on March 9 and 27. Make sure to follow them on social media to keep up with all that they are doing on the Trinity River. BACKWOODS FACEBOOK BACKWOODS INSTAGRAM

Panther Island Pavilion’s 2020 Schedule is Packed!

2020-02-05T10:45:49-06:00 February 5th, 2020|Press Releases|

Fort Worth’s favorite outdoor venue welcomes new events and brings back old favorites! FORT WORTH, TX – Get out your calendar and make sure Panther Island Pavilion is all over it! An eclectic bunch of events are coming to Fort Worth’s favorite outdoor event venue. The schedule is packed with old favorites and some exciting new events that will keep you coming back all year long. New This Year Syndicate Smokedown (April 25) - Cowtown’s premier BBQ competition hosted by the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate. Featuring cold beer, live music and of course, BBQ! You will not want to miss this showdown. Go Texan Food, Wine & Art Festival (May 8 & 9) – Spend your weekend keeping it local. This event is bringing over 30 local wineries with a selection of over 250 different wines, over 50 local artists and vendors, craft beer from local breweries and live music from local talent. River and Blues Festival (May 15 & 16) – This two-day summer festival cannot be missed. Picture two days of country and blues featuring a mix of old favorites and new talent such as Maddie & Tae, Charley Crockett Grady Spencer & The Work, Bart

Encore Panther Island Construction Update

2020-01-22T13:46:06-06:00 January 22nd, 2020|Panther Island Blog|

When driving North on Main Street, you can see the parking structure for the Encore Panther Island mulit-family apartment complex going up. The first section of the Panther Island canal system, is being built in conjunction with Encore Panther Island. In addition to the canal’s storm water relief function, the canals will provide a continuous public boardwalk along the water’s edge giving the community a place to live, work, dine, shop and play. The multi-family community will feature creative solutions to connect the streetscape to the River walk environment planned for the district. Residents will be able to enjoy exceptional amenities including waterfront balconies, an infinity pool with cascading waterfalls, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and a top floor lounge that will feature the most dynamic views of downtown. Located at the intersection of 4th Street and North Main Street, residents at the 300-unit community will be walking distance to Panther Island Brewing, Coyote Drive-In and Panther Island Pavilion. Did you know that the Fort Worth famous Thurber Brick will be incorporated into the canal design? The iconic Thurber Brick comes from Thurber, Texas (halfway between Fort Worth and Abilene). In the

Gateway Park Receives New Bike-Sharing Location

2020-01-14T15:35:14-06:00 January 14th, 2020|Panther Island Blog|

The newest Fort Worth Bike Sharing station is at Gateway Park, located in the parking lot by the Gateway Park East Trailhead at 5302 E. First St. The relocation begins an effort to expand the Bike-Sharing system throughout more parts of Fort Worth. Be on the lookout for more station relocation announcements in the future. Across the Fort Worth Bike Sharing system, there are 46 stations and 350 bicycles. One station located right on Panther Island at 398 North Taylor Street Fort Worth , TX Gateway Park is a necessary component of the Central City Project. The plan includes excavating over 2 million cubic yards of dirt providing necessary flood storage, a major restoration of the park's ecosystem, and planting over 80,000 new native Oak and Pecan trees throughout the park. Upon completion of the US Army Corps of Engineers work in the park the City of Fort Worth will then be able to provide new trails, roads, sports fields and other facilities to the park.

A Look Back at Backwoods Paddlesports – 2019

2019-12-09T12:28:58-06:00 December 9th, 2019|Panther Island Blog|

Water recreation on the Trinty River was bigger than ever thanks to Backwoods Paddlesports! The water recreation retailer operated 9 months (March-November) of the year for their 7th season! During their 2019 season, they rented more than 5,600 kayak, canoe, and stand-up paddleboards at Panther Island Pavilion. Customers also had the opportunity to help clean the Trinity and collected 207 bags of trash during their time out on the river. With the growing popularity of the river recreation, Backwoods added on Sunset and Night paddles which hosted 69 people! Participants were treated to complimentary beer at the conclusion of the paddle courtesy of our community partner, Wild Acre Brewing Co. Cheers to 2019. Looking forward to the 2020 season!

Things To Do on Panther Island – Thanksgiving Break

2019-11-19T13:19:28-06:00 November 19th, 2019|Panther Island Blog|

Skate at Fort Worth’s outdoor ice skating rink, Panther Island Ice with their special Thanksgiving Hours! For more icy info visit their full website. Thanksgiving Break Hours: November 25-29 Monday through Friday 11:00am-11:00pm Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm Sunday 11:00am-10:00pm ICE WEBSITE While you’re there, warm up with some hot chocolate from the Coyote Canteen and watch a double feature on one of Coyote Drive-In’s three movie screens. For a full list of double features check out their website. COYOTE WEBSITE You’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving meal with the family, but now you’re looking to get out of the house?? Stop by Panther Island Brewing, they are open Thanksgiving Day! BREWERY WEBSITE Grab the family and register for the Thanksgiving Day Run taking place on Thanksgiving, November 28, at Panther Island Pavilion. There is still time to register! REGISTER Enjoy the Trinity Trails that stretch over 72 miles throughout our city and run right through Panther Island! If running or walking the trails aren’t your thing, hop on one of the Fort Worth B-Cycle bikes from the Taylor Circle station and

Valley Storage

2019-11-07T14:38:26-06:00 November 7th, 2019|Panther Island Blog|

The future bypass channel will protect more than 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in Fort Worth from the highest level of flooding. However, the bypass channel can’t accomplish this alone. In times of flooding water will be moving through the future bypass channel but there has to be a way to slow that water down so we aren’t flooding our neighbors to the east. A series of valley storage sites (think creating water storage areas downstream to slow water down) is crucial to the Central City Project. The amount of material moved as well as the locations themselves were carefully chosen. These valley storage sites provide the needed flood protection but also provide multiple use opportunities. In many cases (Riverside Park and Gateway Park for example) USACE will excavate the valley storage site and then that area can be turned over to the City of Fort Worth to provide wonderful park amenities for our city. This site will also provide Ecosystem Improvements to the area: Existing grasslands dominated by non-native species would be converted to native grasslands, upland and riparian woodlands, aquatic (oxbow) stream habitat, or emergent wetlands; Existing upland woodlands would be enhanced or converted to riparian woodlands or