Tristian Evans

 

tkevans1098@txwes.edu

 

Texas Wesleyan students have probably noticed the railroad model on display at the entrance of the Eunice & James L. West Library. The model represents larger plans for the city of Fort Worth’s future.

 

Matt Oliver, communication specialist for the Trinity River Vision project, hopes the changes will help draw more people to Fort Worth.

 

“If you build it, the people will come,” he said.

 

The Trinity River Vision is a plan that has been in the works for decades. The project will change the bend of the Trinity River to make it something similar to the San Antonio River Walk.

 

The plan will revitalize the river corridor and help preserve and enhance the nature surrounding it, according to www.trinityrivervision.org. State and federal funds are helping to fund the project, which is broken into three parts.

 

The first part of the project is called Trinity Uptown, which will create an urban waterfront north of downtown, Oliver said.

 

The replica in the library is that of a bypass channel to address the flood control needs that have to be taken care of before the new river walk is in place.

 

Oliver said it was more cost effective for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who will be working on a project this size for the first time, to have a physical replica.

 

“This model finalized the design phase for the channel so we were able to move onto actual construction of the project,” Oliver said in an email.

 

The second part of the project deals with the revitalization of Gateway Park, which is in the East part of Fort Worth and spans more than 1,000 acres. Some of the plans for the park include the building of an outdoor amphitheater, 15 miles of new bike trails and an equestrian center.

 

“This park will not just be for Fort Worth, but for all of North Texas,” Oliver said in an email.

 

The third and final part of the project is the TRV Experience. The TRV Experience is, itself, a 10-year plan being carried out by the city of Fort Worth, Tarrant Regional Water district and Streams and Valley, Inc.

 

It will add 88 miles to the Trinity River, and create more opportunities for events along the river, Oliver said. The Fort Worth community will also notice the addition of amenities such as restrooms, water fountains and parking.

 

Sherri Parker, coordinator of library operations at Wesleyan, said she is excited about the changes coming up and is glad the display, which was at TCC Southeast Campus last fall, made its way to the library at Texas Wesleyan. She hopes it will get students excited about the city’s future.

 

“I think the whole project of trying to renew Fort Worth is always a good idea,” she said.

 

Parker plans to invite Oliver to the campus later this semester to give a lecture on the Trinity River Vision Project.

 

Jeremy Jackson, senior theatre major and student assistant at the library, said he thinks it is an interesting idea.

 

“I’m interested in seeing how long it takes them to pull it all off,” he said.

 

Completion of all three phases of the project is expected in 2021. For more information, visit www.trinityrivervision.org.

 

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