Panther Island / Central City News

Gateway Phase 2 Update – March 2020

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 are both within the growing stage now. (those 2 components will be turned back over to the city within the next few months.) Site H has been seeded and is also in the growing stage now with temporary irrigation setup onsite. The contractor will complete 2 full growing seasons before Site H is turned over to the City of Fort Worth. Upon completion of the Phase 2 excavation work USACE will have removed roughly 1.7 million cubic yards of dirt in the park creating essential flood protection for our city. The USACE valley storage (excavation) work in Gateway Park is an important part of the Central City Flood Control Project. The work provides needed flood relief to the Panther Island district as well as over 2,400 additional neighborhoods in Fort Worth by slowing down water in the event of a flood.