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  • 16 Apr 2022 2:05 PM | Anonymous

    The Mayfest area of Trinity Park will be closed to the public Monday, April 18, through Wednesday, May 11, for Mayfest setup, the four-day festival and teardown.

    The 50th anniversary edition of Mayfest is scheduled for May 5-8 in Trinity Park.

    Park visitors who may be affected by the temporary closures include trail users, cyclists, runners, playground visitors and others. There is another playground at the north end of Trinity Park that will remain open during this time. Here are some details:

    Trinity Park Loop Trail. This trail provides a lighted detour connecting the Trinity Trail north and south ends of the closure. The Loop trail ensures that trail users can continue to use the trails while this portion of the park is closed. Trail users will also have continuous trail access by using the trail on the East Bank of the Trinity River. Access to this trail and crossover points are at Panther Island Pavilion, Rotary Park and the Mistletoe pedestrian bridge.

    Dream Park. The area of Trinity Park where Dream Park is located will be temporarily closed. Seven parks with playgrounds can be found within a one-mile radius of Trinity Park, all providing great alternatives for people looking for a playground. Dream Park will be open to all Mayfest attendees during the festival and will reopen to the public on May 11.

    Mayfest has returned more than $7.5 million to the Fort Worth community over its 50-year history, which includes improvements to the Trinity River trail systems and Fort Worth parks. Examples of improvements Mayfest has funded:

    • LED lighting structures and metal shade pavilions throughout Trinity Park.
    • Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Pedestrian Bridge signage and landscaping.
    • Five trail connections along the Trinity Trails.

    To learn more, contact the Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department at 817-392-5700 or Mayfest at 817-332-1055.

    View a Trail Access Map and Alternative Playground Map(PDF, 5MB).

  • 16 Apr 2022 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    The National Science Foundation recently awarded the Botanical Research Institute of Texas and the California Botanic Garden nearly $1 million to support the digitization and linking of plant specimens and other archival materials. 

    Through the Infrastructure Capacity for Biological Research program, botanists and library staff will curate and digitize the biological and archival materials of renowned American Botanist Sherwin Carlquist. This four-year collaborative project, “Advancing the Extended Specimen Network: Curating and Digitizing the Sherwin Carlquist Collection” aims to create an Extended Specimen Network with Carlquist’s collections. The concept of the extended specimen encompasses various linked components relating to an individual specimen, including the physical specimen, its digitized specimen record, and other associated biological preparations and data types, such as field notes, images in situ of the specimen and its habitat, and genetic samples. 

    Dr. Carlquist’s esteemed career included tenure as a botanist at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, professor emeritus at Claremont Graduate School and Pomona College, being named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and earning awards from the Smithsonian Institution and California Academy of Sciences.  

    “We are delighted that his valuable work will be accessible to researchers across various scientific disciplines and members of the public,”said Librarian Ana Niño. “The archival materials—mostly photographic in nature except for his field notebooks—will be digitized here at BRIT, and the biological materials like herbarium specimens, fluid-preserved specimens, wood specimens, and wood anatomy microscopic slides will be digitized concurrently at California Botanic Garden.” 

    The amount awarded to BRIT is $509,792, and the amount awarded to CalBG is $482,583, for a total of $992,375. 

  • 9 Apr 2022 4:07 PM | Anonymous

    In response to increases in violent crime, the Fort Worth Police Department has expanded its violent crime initiative called #FortWorthSafe.

    “Safety, wellness and resiliency. In its most simple form, that is our violent crime strategy,” said Police Chief Neil Noakes. “It doesn’t matter what ZIP code you live in, what neighborhood you live in, we all deserve to be safe. And that’s what #FortWorthSafe is all about.”

    #FortWorthSafe is a crime reduction initiative focused on violent crimes such as homicide, robbery, shootings and aggravated assault. #FortWorthSafe includes an enforcement component as well as a community outreach component addressing deficiencies in communities that increase the likelihood of violent crime occurring.

    The department’s goal, — which Noakes called “an ambitious one” — is to reduce violent crime by 10% in 12 months.

    “We will be working with community members to root out the people and conditions that are contributing to violent crime,” Noakes said, emphasizing that the effort will be an intelligence-led, data-driven initiative.

    Mayor Mattie Parker acknowledged that violent crime is increasing in large cities across the nation. “Unfortunately, Fort Worth is not insulated from that conversation,” she said. “While the overall crime rate is down 40%, our violent crime rate has risen dramatically, most recently during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

    Parker, who co-chairs a U.S. Conference of Mayors task force that addresses crime in large cities, said: “We will not stop until every single community member in every ZIP code feels safe in their homes, their parks, their neighborhood.”


  • 31 Mar 2022 9:08 PM | Anonymous

    the map with proposed districtsThe City Council unanimously approved a redistricting map this week, the final step in a process that increases the size of the council from nine to 11 members.

    The map will first be implemented in conjunction with the May 2023 municipal elections. Learn more about the redistricting process.

    View a closeup view of the map including specific streets.

  • 26 Mar 2022 10:53 PM | Anonymous

    The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas hosts its annual Spring Plant Sale from 2-7 p.m. April 8 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9.

    Members are invited to an exclusive pre-sale April 7 from 3-7 p.m. and receive a 10% discount. Not a member? Join now

    The Spring Plant Sale features annuals, perennials, begonias from garden collections, bulbs, shrubs, Japanese maples and fruit trees. Various plant societies and vendors will also be selling their plants and products. Botanic Garden staff will be on hand to answer questions and help with plant selections. The Garden’s resident citrus specialist, Rob Bauereisen, will also be on site to offer a variety of citrus trees and advice on growing them.

    “The spring sale is a community favorite for area residents who appreciate our plant selection and friendly advice,” said Executive Vice President Bob Byers.

    The sale will be held in The Grove just inside the weekend (Lot D) parking lot off the I-30 access road between University Drive and Montgomery Street. Shoppers are advised to bring their own carts or wagons for loading plants.

  • 24 Mar 2022 10:55 PM | Anonymous

    the composting bucket

    More people in Fort Worth are doing what’s right when it comes to the environment and making our green footprint larger than ever before. This means reducing waste, reusing items, recycling more and composting food waste.

    Through the city’s Residential Food Waste Composting Program, residents can turn even more waste into resources instead of garbage by collecting food scraps to be processed into compost, a rich soil nutrient.

    Most foods can be composted: fruits and vegetables, including peels and pits, bread and other baked goods, coffee grounds and filters, tea bags, egg shells, cooked meats and bones and any table leftovers, to name a few.

    The compost program, which launched in 2019, has recently added new locations, making a total of 15 collection sites. The new sites:

    • Chisholm Trail Park, 4680 McPherson Blvd.
    • Walsh Community Garden, 13749 Makers Way.
    • Golden Triangle Library, 4264 Golden Triangle Blvd.

    These additions make it more convenient for residents who live in the south, west and north of the city to drop off food waste. A new collection site is in the works for the east side of Fort Worth.

    A one-time fee of $20 provides subscribers with a starter kit, which includes a kitchen countertop pail, a five-gallon transfer bucket, a refrigerator magnet and educational resources. Residents can also request a free, fun yard sign to help spread the word about the program to neighbors.

    Since its launch in April 2019, the program has yielded impressive results. Nearly 1,700 households are subscribed, 162 tons of food scraps (more than 324,000 pounds) have been collected with a record-low 1% contamination rate.

    Every pound of food composted is diverted from the landfill with benefits that include better air quality from reduced methane emissions, reduced need for chemical fertilizers and less water usage.

    To learn more, contact Flavia Paulino by email or at 817-392-7220.

  • 24 Mar 2022 10:53 PM | Anonymous

    The City Council will vote on an ordinance adopting a proposed redistricting map at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 29, in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 Texas St.

    The vote is the final step in a redistricting process that will increase the size of the council from nine to 11 members.

    The final proposed map, referred to as Anna, is designed to create an opportunity for Hispanic voters to elect their representative of choice to the council. The map, once approved, will first be implemented in conjunction with the May 2023 municipal elections.

    View the map and learn more about redistricting in Fort WorthView the corresponding Anna map population table(PDF, 119KB) .

  • 21 Mar 2022 10:56 PM | Anonymous

    Residents can comment on proposed redistricting maps during the public comment meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 200 Texas St. The City Council is currently considering three proposed redistricting maps, but welcomes comments on any proposed map that meets the Council’s redistricting criteria.

    This is a regularly scheduled Public Comment Meeting, and comments can be made on multiple topics, including redistricting.   

    The Fort Worth City Council is nearing the conclusion of a redistricting process that will increase the size of the council from nine to 11 members. View the maps being considered on the city's redistricting webpage.

    Advance registration to speak at Tuesday's public comment meeting is required and must be received no later than two hours before the posted start time of the public meeting. How to register:

    • Online using the speaker card. To register online, click on the agenda for the meeting date; open the document and then click on Speaker/Comment card.
    • Call the City Secretary’s Office at 817-392-6150.
    • Complete a speaker card in-person in the City Secretary’s Office at City Hall at least two hours before the state of the meeting.

    At 8:30 a.m. March 23, the City Council will conduct a special work session for redistricting map drawing in Room 2020 at City Hall.

    A final redistricting map is expected to be approved this spring ahead of the May 2023 municipal elections.

    Learn more about redistricting in Fort WorthSign up for updates.

  • 18 Mar 2022 11:01 PM | Anonymous

    Ahead of the first-ever Professional Bull Riders World Finals in Fort Worth in May, the PBR announced a slate of free events that will accompany bull riding’s most prestigious event and bring an unprecedented, two-week Western lifestyle festival.

    The 2022 PBR World Finals will buck into Fort Worth on May 13-22 at Dickies Arena. The opening rounds of competition will be held May 13-15, with the action coming to a climactic end May 19-22 when the 2022 PBR World Champion will be crowned, earning the coveted gold buckle and accompanying $1 million bonus.

    Among the family-friendly, action-packed lineup of programming, PBR will launch the newly created PBR Cowboy Experience and Expo, bringing the sport’s history and Western way of living to life via interactive exhibits and more. The PBR Parade of Champions is a weekend celebration held May 14 and 21 to kickstart festivities.

    Additionally, fans can attend the newly announced ticketed events at Cowtown Coliseum in the historic Stockyards, including the 2022 World Champions Rodeo Alliance Women’s Rodeo World Championship and the late-night entertainment antics of Bulls Gone Wild.

    Learn more about events during the Professional Bull Riders World Finals in Fort Worth

  • 18 Mar 2022 11:00 PM | Anonymous

    The federal mask requirement has been extended through April 18. That means everyone will continue wearing masks when on board any of Trinity Metro’s vehicles and when inside Fort Worth Central Station and Fort Worth T&P Station. Masks are not required on the platforms or while waiting at a bus stop.

    The mask mandate originally went into effect on Feb. 1, 2021, and was extended three times in 2021. The implementation is intended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Other safety measures include social distancing, handwashing and vaccinations.

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