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Celebrate the Centennial of
Burnett Park on June 11
old aerial shot of park
The original design of Burnett Park included fountains and open lawn. The now-razed Medical Arts Building is at far right, and the U.S. Courthouse is shown in the center of the photo.
Burnett Park in downtown Fort Worth
is turning 100.
Celebrate the milestone from 6-8 p.m.
June 11 at the park,
located at 501 W. Seventh St.
Pack a picnic meal and enjoy live music by the East Fort Worth Community Jazz Band, games and treats from
Steel City Pops.
About Burnett Park
Originally designed by George Kessler on land donated to the City of Fort Worth by oilman Samuel Burk Burnett, this three-acre public park provides important green space in an otherwise densely-urbanized downtown district. A key component of Kessler’s City Beautiful plan for Fort Worth, the park offered a centralized fountain surrounded by open lawns.
In 1982, Peter Walker with SWA Group was commissioned to redesign the aging park. Walker removed the fountain and lawn and replaced them with a Modernist geometric grid of raised granite walkways lined by a narrow, rectilinear series of pools accented with spray fountains lit by fiber optics. The walkways, which intersected at angles in the park, created triangular segments of lawn. During this time, four bronze sculptures by Henri Matisse, titled “The Backs” were installed, a gift of the Burnett Foundation. In 2000, the sculptures were moved to the Kimbell Museum and replaced two years later by Jonathon Borofsky’s 50-foot-tall brushed aluminum piece “Man With a Briefcase.”
In 2010 Walker, now with PWP Landscape Architecture, was again retained to redesign the park. Pools were removed and play equipment installed while retaining the existing pedestrian circulation patterns. The park, shaded by groves of oak, magnolia and crape myrtle on its periphery and open at the center, is a rare example where an original designer was retained again 25 years later to refresh the design.
Learn the basics of home purchasing
Saturday June 22, Fort Worth’s Neighborhood Services Department will host the 16th annual Housing Summit from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 at Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, in the Student Union Building.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.
A box lunch and refreshments will be provided to all registered attendees.
Workshops will include:
The 16th Annual Housing Summit is sponsored by the Fort Worth Neighborhood Services Department, U.S. Housing and Urban Development and Fort Worth Housing Solutions.
If you have a disability and require accommodation to fully participate in the Housing Summit, contact Rhonda Hinz at 817-392-7540 at least 48 hours before the event.
Are you an aspiring developer?
One-day workshop shows the basics
Small-Scale Development Workshop
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 11
Using worksheets to calculate income and expenses, workshop participants walk through the basics of a development project by applying sample site plans to example zoning classifications.
An upcoming one-day workshop will help aspiring real estate developers feel more prepared to take the first steps on their own project.
Near Southside Inc. is presenting the
Small-Scale Development Workshop
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, July 11
at The Women’s Club of Fort Worth, 1316 Pennsylvania Ave.
The workshop will focus on project formation. Leaders take a big-picture view of neighborhood-based development to help attendees analyze what makes a good project, how a building makes money and how small developers interact with the broader ecosystem of professionals in the built environment. By the end of the workshop, aspiring developers will feel more prepared to take the first steps on their own project.
Class activities include a personal skills assessment to identify gaps in expertise; an example exercise, walking through a development project; and presentations on finance, zoning, strategy and other topics.
Register online. Early registration ($185) is open until, June 11. Regular registration ($215) is open until July 8. Last-minute registration ($245) will be open until the day of the event as long as space is available.
More cool summer fun
Here’s more aquatic-related information you need to know:
Summer music series. 6-10 p.m. June 22 and July 20. Enjoy a night of fun, with music played by local musicians, food and swimming. Proceeds help support the North Texas music scene at historic Forest Park Pool in a unique family setting. Cost is $8 pre-pay or $10 day-of admission. Family and group discounts are available.
Pool rentals. Need a venue for a summer birthday, graduation party or family get-together? Whatever the occasion, Fort Worth’s Forest Park Pool and Marine Park Pool can serve your need. Priced affordably, these facilities can make for a fun and memorable summer evening. Check available dates, as reservations go quickly. Cost is $400 for two hours (7-9 p.m.) on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. The price includes staff costs.
Pavilion rentals. Whether you need a place to gather that’s fun for the entire group, or you want to make sure your pool party has a table, consider renting a large pavilion at Marine Park Aquatic Center or Forest Park Pool during normal operating hours to guarantee that your group has a spot. Check the website for available dates. Cost is $75 during general operating hours (1-5 p.m.).
Swim Safe Program aims to stop drownings
To help educate Fort Worth residents on water safety, the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, of which the Fort Worth Fire Department is a member, is sponsoring these upcoming Safe Swim programs:
Class cost is $10 per student and includes parent/chaperone on-deck safety training. Get registered.
Fort Worth to improve recycling quality in North Texas cities
Carter the recycling mascot
Carter the blue recycling cart is the face of the regional campaign.
In Fort Worth, recycling is a priority and residents are proud of their recycling efforts. But we must continue to do better. With a goal to improve recycling across the region, the city is partnering with the North Central Texas Council of Governments and surrounding cities and counties to launch the “Know What to Throw” education campaign.
Recycling has been around since the 1970s, and we know that it’s good for the environment, creates jobs and economic markets, and it keeps reusable materials from sitting in limited landfill space forever. But did you know that recycling the wrong way is just as harmful as not recycling at all?
“Know What to Throw” is a fun campaign that will remind residents about the correct items to recycle and what should go in the brown trash cart or be recycled somewhere else beyond the curb cart. Look for Carter, an animated illustration in the shape of a blue recycling cart who also serves as the mascot of “Know What to Throw.” He’ll be sharing great tips and help everyone become better recyclers through a large social media campaign by participating North Texas cities.
To kick off the campaign, the city’s code compliance team is encouraging residents to take the “Do You Know What to Throw?” quiz. Test your recycling skills, then share it with a friend.
Outdoor Exercise and Workout Sessions
Eastside Trainers: Beverly Sims & Charla Kelsey
4501 Bridge St.,
Fort Worth, 76104
M, T, TH. 5:30 am
7600 Lowrey Rd.
Fort Worth, Tx 76120
T, TH. 5:00 pm
& 6:15 pm
6801 Meadowbrook Dr.,
Fort Worth, Tx 76112
M, W, F. 5:30 am
Meadowbrook Middle School
2001 Ederville Rd. S.,
Fort Worth, Tx 76103
M,W at 5:00 pm
Primary Trainer - Fort Worth
Partner Trainer - Fort Worth
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