The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is close to completing the excavation of the second phase of valley storage work in Gateway Park. This work is a vital to providing needed flood protection for our city. The map pictured above shows the two work sites for the second phase. The work included the mass excavation of an area in the park for the purposes of developing valley storage for the Central City Flood Control Project. In addition to the mass excavation, the project includes tree protection, tree removal, utility protection, drainage culvert, fencing, and site restoration using a variety of seed mixes, and incidental related work. The Pre-Final walk THROUGH with USACE , the City of Fort Worth, and the Contractor for Phase 2 of Gateway Park occurred earlier this week. The contractor is complete with their hauling operations from Site H to Site I (seen on the map above) out at Gateway Park, having hauled just over 81,000 cubic yards of soil to meet the Valley Storage requirements of Site H, where the old wastewater treatment plant was located. Additionally, the contractor has seeded the Haul Road and Site I and they
At a high level, there are two main factors that create our flood risks. Fort Worth’s booming population increase and the 90° turn in the Trinity River right after the merge of the West Fork and Clear Fork, just north of Downtown. Fort Worth has nearly tripled in size since the United States Corps of Engineers built the current levee system in the early 1960s. Our levee system was built for a population of roughly 350,000 people and Fort Worth has now surpassed 900,000 people. Because of the booming population growth, even as far back as the early 2000s, the USACE had already determined that 86% of Fort Worth’s current levee system is no longer tall enough to protect us from the events the Corps expects to hit this area. Meaning, if Fort Worth saw a flood similar to that of the 1949 event, over 2,400 acres of neighborhoods in our city could be flooded again. Fort Worth was founded on the downtown bluff overlooking the Trinity River. The founding fathers chose the bluff for strategic reasons, looking down at the river as a source of vitality. However, that very site condition has been a major contributing factor to the devastating floods our city has experienced. Just
Spread the fun out throughout the week or pack it all in a day! Kiddos of all ages won’t get bored with these entertaining options during the week of Spring Break, March 9-13. From a bike ride and double-features to an outdoor river adventure, swing into spring and break with these fun things to do right now on Panther Island. Morning Ride with Fort Worth Bike Share Get up and get active over Spring Break and enjoy a bike ride on the Trinity Trails! HOURS: 24-hours a day, 7-days a week LOCATION: 45 stations total with our fav located at Panther Island Pavilion, 480 N Taylor Street, 76102 PRICING: $8 for each 24-hour membership (bike must be checked in at sharing station once every hour to avoid additional charges) WEBSITE: fortworth.bcycle.com Afternoon Adventure with Backwoods Paddlesports Spring fever got you feeling adventurous? Backwoods Paddlesports at Panther Island Pavilion is open during the weekend starting on Friday, March 13. They’ve got kayaks available for rent, along with stand-up paddleboards and canoes. So grab your crew and head down to the Trinity River for some outdoor fun. Never kayaked before? No problem. The Backwoods staff will give you instructions before you get
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 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
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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
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.
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!
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