Lake Arlington Expansion Moves Forward

This week the Arlington City Council discussed what the first steps will be in re-constructing Lake Arlington Park. Central to the discussion was the outdated Event/Activity Room which currently sits on a flood plain.

Three options were presented for the first phase of construction. One option, at nearly $2.8 million, will include a lake rental building and public restrooms. Another option would add nearly $1.6 million in other amenities, including a public fishing pier, playgrounds, a pavilion and trails, benches and picnic stations, but would not include a new event building. The final option, just under $4 million, would combine the first two.

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Diving Into the Fort Worth Pool Closure Issue

In December 2014 the Fort Worth City Council voted to demolish 5 public pools. While many residents are disappointed with the decision, citing the pools as a safe place for their children to swim, the City feels it was the appropriate choice.

Originally closed in 2010 due to high maintenance costs and a dwindling budget, the properties in Como, Hillside, Kellis, Sycamore, and Sylvania areas are more cost effective to bulldoze than repair. Additionally, they have become a hazard and a liability for the City as kids continually climb the locked gates and skateboard in the empty facilities.

For Fort Worth area property owners the cost/benefit is a mixed bag. Closing the facilities down permanently means fewer attractions to lure tenants to those neighborhoods which may not offer much in the way of recreation to begin with. On the other hand, if the City holds to its promise of a multi-million dollar Master Plan, better enticements may be on the horizon.

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Trinity River Vision

The Trinity River Vision Authority has a newsletter available to the public at It is a wealth of information on the upcoming revitalization of property by downtown Fort Worth. In 2015, they will be breaking ground on Panther Island. The job and activity growth is expected to employ more than 29,600 full time workers in the future.

Ready. Set. Grow!

It probably comes as no surprise to residents of Fort Worth that it is growing. What may surprise them is the tremendous amount of growth that is expected over the next 20+ years.

After experiencing explosive growth in the early 2000s, Fort Worth is set to expand even more. At the periphery of this great city are the beginnings of master planned communities such as Walsh Ranch. Slated to be the largest master planned community in the United States, this proposed area will encompass a staggering 7,275 acres. Hoping to draw nearly 50,000 people in the residential portion, the plan also calls for more than 1,000 acres of multiple use development, retail and business, as well as two middle schools and eight elementary schools. Other developments west and south of Fort Worth are in the conceptual design phase.

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