New mural supports the art of well-being

Fort Worth’s newest and brightest art installation is making the city more colorful than ever — all while promoting residents’ well-being.

Trinity Artcourt is a vibrant, full-size mural painted on the basketball court under the West Lancaster Bridge in Trinity Park. The project features vivid, interconnected geometric shapes under each goal, on fuchsia and royal blue backgrounds.

The mural, located just off the park’s walking path, came to life through the vision of Arnoldo Hurtado, the artist behind Artscream Truck, a mobile pop-up art studio and gallery; Noel Viramontes, who runs Fort Worth Blackhouse; and Ricky Cotto, lead pastor of City Post Church and director of community engagement for Blue Zones Project, Fort Worth. The three worked together to find funding and volunteer manpower to create the new artwork.

Blue Zones Project is a community-led well-being improvement initiative shaping the environment to make healthy choices easier. The initiative is based on nine principles for better well-being. Several of these principles intersect at Trinity Artcourt to create a space where Fort Worth residents can gather, be active and have pride in their city:
Move naturally. Maintaining a lifestyle that includes plenty of natural movement is a key to better well-being. Trinity Artcourt makes walking through Trinity Park and playing a game of basketball even more appealing. (In fact, the newly-painted court hosted Fort Worth’s first all-star basketball game this spring.)
Purpose. Having a purpose is linked to longer life expectancy, and many people find purpose in giving back to their community. The Trinity Artcourt project gave an outlet to volunteers and donors who love Fort Worth and want to enhance quality of life.
Downshift. Shedding stress is a must if you want to be happy and healthy. Trinity Artcourt creates an enticing spot for people to get out and relax.
Right tribe. Research shows that behaviors and attitudes are contagious, so it’s important to surround yourself with people who will lift you up. Trinity Artcourt brings together individuals from across the city who are committed to making Fort Worth a more active, vibrant place.

Check it out for yourself—and find out how a work of art really can help you live a longer, better life.

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Fort Worth Public Library locations offer passes for free Botanic Garden admission

The Fort Worth Public Library will offer passes to allow library users to visit the Fort Worth Botanic Garden at no charge after the new garden fee system is enacted on July 19.

The passes may be checked out from a library to provide one week of free admission for two adults with children who are 17 or younger and all reside in the same household.

Passes are not valid at special events or for educational programs at the Botanic Garden. Library users may also check out a digital pass on their mobile device if they use Overdrive’s Libby app with their library card number.

Additionally, passes must be checked out and returned to the same library, and should not be placed in the book drop. Pass users must present the due-date slip as well as the pass at the Botanic Garden.

More about the fees

The City of Fort Worth is implementing the fees to fund needed maintenance and improvements at the garden. Entrance fees will be $12 per adult and $10 for senior citizens; $6 for children ages 6-15; and children under 6 will be free. The admission fees grant access to all areas of the garden, including the Japanese Garden, which has had a separate entrance fee in the past.

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Nature center earns $13,000 grant

Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNCR) will receive a $13,000 grant from REI to support trail bridges and the summer intern program.

REI launched the Loving Our Local Outdoors initiative to offer its members across the country a chance to help local nonprofit organizations near all of its 154 stores. Over a four-week period, REI members were allowed to help decide how to invest $1 million.

The $1 million investment will benefit organizations that specialize in things like building new trails, clearing existing trails, restoring campsites, enhancing climbing areas, increasing water access and more projects in urban and backcountry locations around the country.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth REI market, the nature center was competing against Cedar Ridge Nature Preserve and Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association. The FWNCR garnered the most votes and received the grant funding.

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Fire Department reports one death, several trauma cases and fires due to fireworks

During the 24-hour Fourth of July holiday, the Fort Worth Fire Department responded to more than 450 911 calls.

Significant calls included:

  • One death.
  • Four significant trauma events.
  • Five structure fires.
  • 37 outdoor grass/trash fires.
  • 26 assault and/or gunshot or stab wounds.

“The Fort Worth Fire Department is saddened by the injuries and death that occurred on the Fourth, and our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families,” said Fire Chief James Davis.

The FWFD fireworks hotline received 1,952 complaints. The goal of the fireworks hotline was to provide a method to report fireworks concerns while assuring that the 911 system did not get overwhelmed, which could lead to a delay in emergency reporting.

The top three call types responded to by FWFD and the fireworks investigation teams were fires caused by fireworks, injuries caused by fireworks and calls from senior citizens who said they were frightened. All other calls were recorded as “nuisance reports” and had a lower priority and may not have received a specific immediate response.

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Bike Rodeo shares safety tips for young, experienced riders

Join FitWorth and the Fort Worth Safe Communities Coalition for an evening focused on promoting cycling safety for kids and adults at 6 p.m. July 12 at the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, 501 W. Felix St.

The free bike rodeo is part of the Tour de Fort Worth, Mayor Betsy Price’s celebration of the Tour de France that challenges cyclists to ride for 21 consecutive days.

Two bike courses will be set up — one for adults and one for younger riders. Learn how to navigate hazards, ride with others and be aware on the streets.

Bring your own bike or use one of the bikes available from Fort Worth Bike Sharing.

Cowboy Santas has provided 25 children’s bikes that will be raffled off at the end of the event. The bikes come with a new helmet from Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and Berenson Injury Law.

The UNT Health Sciences Center mobile vision van will provide free screenings for children.

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Price named to leadership role in Conference of Mayors

Mayor Betsy Price was named to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Advisory Board during the group’s annual meeting.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are nearly 1,400 such cities in the country, and each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

The Advisory Board functions in an advisory capacity to the Executive Committee on all matters of policy and program.

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Workshop shows the basics of project development

Registration ends July 8 for a one-day workshop designed to help aspiring real estate developers prepare 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. 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.

Register online.

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Read Fort Worth launches effort to recruit 1,000 reading volunteers

Read Fort Worth is undertaking the most ambitious service project in its history by assisting in the coordinated recruitment of at least 1,000 reading volunteers as part of a comprehensive reading volunteer initiative to support Fort Worth ISD, along with community partners Read2Win and Reading Partners.

Recruitment for reading volunteers launched July 1 and continues throughout the 2019-20 school year. Reading volunteers will be asked to commit one hour per week on campuses across the district beginning this fall, reading with students from kindergarten to third grade.

“Becoming a reading volunteer is rewarding, and the positive impact on the volunteer and student is special,” Read Fort Worth Executive Director Anel Mercado said. “This effort supports ensuring that 100 percent of Fort Worth ISD third-graders are reading on grade level by 2025.”

“We know that not all children start the educational race at the same educational starting line,” Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner said. “What we have is an opportunity gap — not an achievement gap. The strategic use of volunteers will support our comprehensive effort.”

Get more information on the Read Fort Worth website. Read Fort Worth will contact prospective reading volunteers and coordinate a background check with Fort Worth ISD. Qualified reading volunteers will receive training before being connected with a campus reading program.

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Rockin’ the River is an all-day party

Whether you float up to Texas’ only waterfront stage or chill on the shore, Rockin’ the River is the coolest seat in town this summer.

The popular music and tubing series, in its ninth year, is back at Panther Island Pavilion. Enjoy 30 bands over six weeks, including top Texas country acts, a little rock and soul and a fireworks show to round it off.

Each week, gates open at 1 p.m. with five bands playing back-to-back sets beginning about 2:15 p.m. on the Coors Light Waterfront Stage. After the headlining band finishes at 8:25 p.m., the party moves to the shore with the fifth band playing on the Southshore Stage.

In addition to live music on two stages, food and beverage options will be available for purchase, as well as tube and watersport rentals. Each event ends with a fireworks show on the banks of the Trinity River.

Acts throughout the summer include Kody West, Cory Morrow, Prophets & Outlaws, Zane Williams and more. View the full band lineup and other details. The concerts run July 6-Aug. 10.

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Construction to start on water utility lines and streets in Near Southside

Make plans to attend the Near Southside Infrastructure Improvements Project meeting scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, July 15, at Broadway Baptist Church, 305 W, Broadway Ave. room 302 to learn about the construction schedule and impacts to residents.

Existing water and sewer lines are scheduled for replacement and the streets will be rehabilitated on portions of the following streets:

  • Daggett Avenue from Henderson Street to Hemphill Street.
  • Broadway Avenue from Henderson Street to Jennings Avenue.
  • Peter Smith Street from Hemphill Avenue to Jennings Avenue.
  • Tucker Street from College Avenue to Lipscomb Street.
  • Hattie Street from Jennings Avenue to May Street.
  • Cannon Street from Lipscomb Street to Hemphill Street and from Hemphill Street to Jennings Avenue.
  • Leuda Street from Hemphill Street to Jennings Avenue.
  • Grainger Street from Leuda Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.
  • Hurley Avenue from Magnolia Avenue to Oleander Street.
  • College Avenue from Morphy Street to Magnolia Avenue.
  • Alston Avenue from Morphy Street to Magnolia Avenue.
  • Washington Avenue from Magnolia Avenue to Oleander Street.

To learn more, contact Project Manager Mary Hanna at 817-392-5565.

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