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WFAA'S VERIFY Team wanted to discover where the clean water is in North Texas, leading them back to the Trinity River in Fort Worth. Learn more about what efforts Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) are taking to make sure it remains clean. WFAA VERIFY STORY
Have you ever wondered how Fort Worth received its nickname, Panther City, or why there are panther references all over town? WFAA was curious and looked into the long history of panthers in good old Cowtown. Check out what they discovered below. "FORT WORTH, Texas — DFW is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, which means there are more and more people moving here that don’t know the story behind the nickname "Panther City." From statues to high school mascots and even police badges, you can find panthers all over the city of Fort Worth. But why? Teresa Burleson of the North Fort Worth Historical Society says it all started back in 1875, when an attorney wrote a tongue-in-cheek article for the Dallas Herald, mocking the quiet nature of the neighboring town to the west. “He said things were so slow in Fort Worth, he saw a panther sleeping on the courthouse steps,” Burleson said. But did a panther actually fall asleep in the middle of town? “I kind of doubt it,” Burleson said. “We have no documentation of the truth of that story.” But instead of firing back, the townspeople
Fort Worth Star Telegram – Boat tours in Fort Worth? This company wants to show you the Trinity River
Boat tours in Fort Worth? This company wants to show you the Trinity River Downtown Fort Worth glows with the summer sunset. It’s a sweeping cityscape view from the Cultural District, Trinity Park or the Fourth Street bridge. But what about from a boat in the Trinity River? While you’re eating dinner? View the Article
Corps of Engineers Awards $5.2 Million to Advance Trinity River Vision/Central City Project – Fort Worth Magazine
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded the contract for Oxbow Phase within Gateway Park as part of the Central City Project. Read more about it from the Fort Worth Magazine article below. More earth will soon be moving on the Trinity River Vision/Central City Project — the initiative recently received $5.2 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District, for the construction of Oxbow Phase 2. The Corps announced the contract in a press release dated May 31. According to the release, the work includes the mass excavation of the Oxbow Site H (see diagram below) as well as tree protection, tree removal, utility protection, drainage culvert, fencing, site restoration using a variety of seed mixes and incidental related work. “With this $5.2 million in contract award, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues the progress with our stakeholders in accomplishing the overall goals and objectives of the Trinity River Vision Project. Construction continues to bring the overall project forward for the people of Texas,” project manager Gail Hicks says. Much confusion about the Corps' role has to do with semantics, Hicks says. The "Panther Island Project" refers to the intended development
We are excited to host the architecture students from the prestigious campus of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Fort Worth’s sister city of Toluca, Mexico at our education center for a project briefing and then a tour of the project sites next Tuesday! Below is a press release from Fort Worth Sister Cities International detailing the students exciting trip to Fort Worth: ARCHITECTURAL PROGRAM FROM MEXICO PARTNERING LOCALLY Fort Worth, TX – Visiting delegation hosted by Sister Cities Fort Worth Sister Cities International will host a delegation of architecture students from the prestigious campus of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Fort Worth’s sister city of Toluca, Mexico. Architectural engineering students and their professor will be in Fort Worth for a mentorship program April 13-20. While in Fort Worth, the group will visit several businesses and universities to learn about the variety of potential careers in their chosen field, and to learn about the sciences behind those fields. The students will also learn about various structures throughout Fort Worth, known for their unique architecture. Students will visit: Bennett Benner Partners, Huitt-Zollars, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth Central Library, Tarrant County Courthouse, Trinity
Trinity River Vision Project on fwtx.com For years, Fort Worth residents, new and old, have heard tales of the Panther Island Project and the potential of having a San Antonio-type riverwalk in our own backyard. Unfortunately, it seemed the Trinity River Vision (TRV), a master plan for 88 miles of Trinity River shoreline in Fort Worth, took a backseat to other Tarrant County developments popping up in all directions. But, after years of being stalled by unforeseen circumstances, the project is finally taking off. “I came up with the concept of TRV while I was mayor,” U.S. Representative Kay Granger says. Surveying the landscape, she recognized Fort Worth had a hidden asset. “Fort Worth has a river that connects the historic Stockyards, the revitalized downtown and the nationally renowned museum district,” she says. “Unfortunately, because of how the flood control had been constructed in the past, the levees hid the river and broke up access to the three key areas of Fort Worth.” You see, everything changed after the great flood of 1949, which completely swamped the West Seventh corridor and forced residents to maneuver the streets in fishing boats. Miles of levees
Construction crews in Fort Worth, Texas, are creating the foundation for what will be a unique, pedestrian-oriented urban waterfront district. Three V-pier bridges positioned along the realigned Trinity River are currently being built, at a cost of $66 million. “The construction of the signature V-pier bridges on Panther Island kicked off the vertical construction phase for the project,” said Matt Oliver, Trinity River Vision Authority spokesman. “Although the project is well under way today, prior to the bridges, most of that work involved property acquisition, relocation, demolition and environmental cleanup efforts.” The undertaking is a first for Texas, and is a collaborative effort between the Trinity River Vision Authority (TRVA), TxDOT, city of Fort Worth, Tarrant County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). TRVA is responsible for the implementation of a public infrastructure project which provides needed flood protection and fosters the development of Panther Island.“The three signature V-pier bridges were the first stage on vertical construction associated with the Central City flood control project,” said Oliver. “Upon completion of the bypass channel, the three signature bridges will be the gateway into Panther Island. Constructing the bridges before the channel was based on two major factors. The first was access. If the bypass
Army Corps Of Engineers Committed To Trinity River Waterfront Redevelopment FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Army Corps of Engineers stated Wednesday it was committed to a major waterfront redevelopment project along the Trinity River in Fort Worth. The statement came after Trinity River Vision did not receive civil works funding from the USACE in 2018. The statements from the Corp’s Fort Worth district touted the benefits of a reduced flooding risk from the project. “Our various partnerships within the Trinity River Vision Central City Project are an extension of the Corps’ continued commitment to providing flood risk management solutions for the City of Fort Worth and the surrounding communities,” Brig. Gen. Paul E. Owen, is quoted as saying in a release from the Corp’s Fort Worth district. Congresswoman Kay Granger followed with a statement of her own, saying it was no secret the funding would be spread over several years. “Nor is it a secret that as a result of recent Hurricane recovery relief efforts being stretched thin over the past two years, the current federal budget is step-funding (using incremental appropriation) for its flood-control and water infrastructure projects,” she said. Flood control is
SISTER CITIES AND OKTOBERFEST FORT WORTH INTRODUCE “BIER” COLLABORATION New initiative hopes to launch more commerce between Trier, Germany and Fort Worth Fort Worth Sister Cities International, Wild Acre Brewing Co. and sister city Trier, Germany are partnering to introduce the first-ever collaborative “bier” at the Fort Wurst Corporate Night, on September 26 at The Shack on Panther Island. This new festival preview will kick off the fifth annual Oktoberfest Fort Worth. The brewmaster from Trier-based Kraft Bräu brewery will be part of the team to tap the keg of the collaborative beer called Wild Acre Kraft Haus Lager. The project is an effort to encourage and grow business exchange opportunities between Trier and Fort Worth. With the craft beer industry growing in both regions, Christian Luxem, director of Trier City Council’s Business Development came up with the idea of the “Bier project” a craft beer collaboration that could provide an opportunity for international idea and product exchange. “Such a project can contribute to promote the bilateral economical relations between the two cities,” says Luxem. The recipe for Wild Acre Kraft Haus was developed by Kraft Bräu brewery and brewed by Wild Acre in Fort Worth.