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 Central to the discussion was the outdated Event/Activity Room which currently sits on a flood plain.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.
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.
For more information on the pool closures visit http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/tarrant-county/2014/12/02/fort-wort…
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.
Oases in the midst of an urban landscape? Yes they do exist! And more are apparently on their way in Fort Worth, Texas. With increasingly higher costs of land, as well as a shortage of it, city planners are getting creative with their efforts to develop places to rest and recharge. Previously, the city’s master plan did not allow small enough areas to be labeled ‘parks’ for development. Enter the ‘urban park’ – a designation that will allow the City of Fort Worth to utilize smaller tracts of land to develop into parks.