Montgomery Street Reconstruction Plans Unveiled Tuesday May 19

May 17, 2015 · Filed Under Events and News · Comment 

Montgomery Street Reconstruction Plans Unveiled
Tuesday May 19 
6:30 p.m.
3855 Tulsa Way @ Crestline Road
(Fort Worth Firefighters Hall)
Plans are now officially underway for improvements to Montgomery Street, including a proposed roundabout at the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Montgomery Street.  Staff from the City of Fort Worth’s Transportation and Public Works Department have been collaborating with local engineering consultants from Freese and Nichols on the proposed design and construction for the Montgomery Street corridor from I-30 to Camp Bowie Boulevard.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday May 19 @ 6:30 p.m. when city staff and Freese and Nichols representatives will make presentations about the changes under consideration, including drainage improvements, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, possible bike lanes and a roundabout where Montgomery Street intersects Camp Bowie Boulevard.

This special meeting of Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association will be held at the Fort Worth Firefighter’s Hall, 3855 Tulsa Way at Crestline Road and is open to anyone who is interested in the future of Montgomery Street and the surrounding area.

A traffic roundabout at the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Montgomery Street (shown above) is part of a proposed improvements package for Montgomery Street that received funding in the city’s last bond election.  Learn more about the future of Montgomery Street at a special open meeting on Tuesday May 19 at 6:30 p.m. at 3855 Tulsa Way at Crestline Road.  (Illustration courtesy of the City of Fort Worth and Freese and Nichols)

Click here for more information about the Montgomery Street project.

Click here for more project diagrams and schedule.


May 14, 2015 · Filed Under Events and News · Comment 

firestation truck Glenn E Ellmenphoto by Glen E. Ellman 2013

It’s that time of year when Arlington Heights turns out to celebrate our local firefighters and the historic bungalow fire station at the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Carleton Avenue.  The party starts at 4 p.m. on Sunday May 17 and goes until 8 p.m.  The free event is open to everyone, including furry four-legged friends.  (If rain should change the plans for the block party – the Rain Date will be Sunday June 7th, 2015 4-8pm – we will post on the site and email out.  To subscribe to our emails, email to be added)


This will be the third year for the Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association to host this event at Fire Station 18.  The annual event started in 2013 when the fire station celebrated its 90th birthday and AHNA decided to throw a party for the firefighters and the station which is the oldest operating fire station in Fort Worth.  The party was such a success, the decision was made to hold the event every year, calling it “Countdown to 100″.


This year, the best of Fort Worth Fire Department’s trucks and specialty equipment will be parked along Carleton Avenue that will be blocked off so people can walk freely among the displays.  This year’s party will also feature live music from some of the neighborhood’s finest musicians, including Justin Holt, Joel McElhaney, and Bomber Spur.


Free food and drinks will be provided, thanks to the generous donations from neighborhood retailers and friends, including Central Market, Ben E. Keith Company, Crestline Area Neighborhood Association, Bluebonnet Bakery, Sam from 7-11, and refreshing lemonade made by the Texas Girls Choir.


Tours of the historic bungalow fire station will be conducted by the station’s firefighters and retirees.  AHNA will sell commemorative Fire Station 18 ball caps.  Local garden authority Steve Huddleston will sell and sign copies of his Texas garden books.  Lots to do for everyone, including the kids who will find intriguing displays, as well as a bounce house, in a special children’s activity area.  The Fire Safety House will make its annual appearance, as well as Axe, the fire clown, and his funny friends.


Fire Station 18 firefighters have been busy making some small improvements to their home away from home.  They installed a new stove in the kitchen that the firefighters use everyday to cook all their meals.  They also installed new wood venetian blinds on all of the station’s interior windows.  Outside, they put in a new barbecue grill at the back of the building.  On the south perimeter of the station, the firefighters completed a sidewalk extension project and planted Texas Sage bushes along the side of the building.


Fire Station 18 is manned by three rotating crews of four firefighters who work 24-hour shifts every third day starting at 7:00 a.m.  Besides fighting fires and answering emergency medical calls, they are in charge of keeping everything neat and tidy inside and outside the station and are also responsible for keeping the U.S.S. Fort Worth, the station’s Rosenbauer fire engine, spotless and ready for action.


The physical boundaries of Station 18’s areas of responsibility go from the Trinity River on the south, to Montgomery Street on the east, to Merrick Street on the west, and White Settlement Road and the Trinity River on the north.  The firefighters routinely study maps and street names in the areas for which they are responsible.


This past year, Station 18’s boundaries expanded to include nearby Westworth Village which decided to contract with the City of Fort Worth for fire protection after disbanding its volunteer fire department due to unaffordable state and federal mandates. “Learning all the new geographic information, the hydrant locations, the Mapsco numbers, and cross streets have been a challenge,” admits Lt. Stephen Boynton.  “The IT Department is catching up, so most of the issues are being dealt with.”  This year, there were two significant house fires in Westworth Village, each of which involved rescuing household pets, a pet frog and a Chihuahua.


At 3:45 a.m. on a stormy night this past March, Station 18 firefighters answered a second alarm call to help Station 16 firefighters battle a blaze in the 12-story Mutual of Omaha Bank office building, next to Ridglea Country Club.  The fire, which started in an aquarium pump on the third floor, was quickly put out and there were no injuries.


Engine 18 answered over 1,900 calls in 2014.  “That’s probably the busiest year ever for Station 18,” according to Lt. Boynton.  “That’s 5.2 calls each day.”


Even though turnover at Station 18 is rare, this year Engineer Patrick Donaldson from C shift was promoted to Lieutenant and moved to Station 36, off Sycamore School Road.  Please make sure to welcome his replacement, Tate Curtis, at the party on May 17.


By far, the biggest news of the year at the Fort Worth Fire Department is the opening of the Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex.  A state of the art training facility, the complex at West Felix and South Hemphill Streets includes indoor and outdoor training environments, firing ranges, an indoor tactical training area, classrooms and office space, an Emergency Vehicle Operators course, and a Class A live fire training structure.


If you’ve ever watched the Fort Worth firefighters in action at a fire, you will never forget what an important public role these men and women play in our community.  Please stop by and say hello to your neighborhood firefighters and meet some of your neighbors on Sunday May 17 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  There are sure to be surprises galore for you and yours!


April 22, 2015 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off 


In the last couple of years, over 500 people attend the fun we put together at this incredible street party.  It is in appreciation of our neighbors and Fire Fighters.  Everyone is welcome – stay tuned for updates – but mark your calendar now:
SUNDAY, MAY 17th — 4 p.m. to 8 p.m

  • Hot Dogs & Hamburgers, cookies
  • Beer & water
  • Bounce House
  • Fire Department demonstrations with the robots, clowns, goodies for the kids
This Sunday May 17th is the date for this year’s birthday party for our neighborhood’s Fire Station 18, the oldest operating fire station in Fort Worth which turns 100 in 2023.  The festivities go from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the fire station, located at 1908 Carleton Avenue at Camp Bowie Boulevard.The family-friendly event is sponsored by Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association in conjunction with Fire Station 18, and many more business partners we will announce in upcoming announcements – Big THANK YOU to all of them and all of the neighborhood volunteers!

Like last year’s birthday party, Carleton Avenue will be closed off to accommodate the party.

AHNA Monthly Meeting Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 p.m.

April 21, 2015 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off 

AHNA Monthly Meeting TONIGHT
Tuesday April 21st
6:30 p.m.
3855 Tulsa Way @ Crestline Rd
Everyone is welcome!

Elizabeth Bittner on Urban Birds of Prey

From the impressively sized turkey vulture to the tiny screech owls, city dwelling birds of prey play an important role in the urban ecosystem.  If you are a gardener, a pet owner, or simply an outdoor enthusiast, these feathered carnivores help you live a healthier and more enriching life.  Discover more about different raptors that call your neighborhood home and how they help to protect human populations from disease and pests.

Spring is here and activity levels with our neighbors and weather alike are on the move.  Come to our meeting and meet your neighbors and your AHNA board -with all that is going on, from crime to zoning to infrastructure, and even parties (see announcement below) – Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association is there for everyone.  We are neighbors helping neighbors solve problems and help build the strength of community.  All the people on the AHNA executive board and numerous other committees of interest to our neighborhood are all volunteers, neighbors like YOU, who love and live in and around Arlington Heights and want to see it grow and flourish.


Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) Meetings in April

April 9, 2015 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off 

If mobility issues grind your gears, mark your calendar for an upcoming Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) meeting.

The MTP is a long range plan that identifies the types of roadway improvements that are needed to keep up with population growth. The 2015 update, underway now, is aimed at improving street and pedestrian connectivity as well as offering more modes of transportation that are easy to use throughout the city. The previous update was completed in 2009 and, since then, the city has added 60,750 people, an 8.5 percent increase.

Give your feedback on transportation issues and help shape the latest version of the plan at one of four meetings this April. All meeting will run from 6 to 7 p.m., preceded by an open house at 5:30 p.m.

April 7: Central Library, 500 W. Third St. (already took place)
April 8: Heritage Church of Christ, 4201 Heritage Trace Parkway.
April 9: Handley-Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St.
April 13: Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane.

You can also give feedback online at or visit for more information.

Please share with your neighbors, friends, family members.

Wishing everyone a great week and weekend,

Madelyn Gibbs
Community Engagement Coordinator
City Manager’s Office
Office: 817-392-8890

Cowtown Cleanup Meetup!!

March 27, 2015 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off 

Tomorrow (3/28) at 9:00am neighbors are meeting at South Hi-mount Elementary (corner of Birchman & Clover) to participate in Cowtown Cleanup. We have bags, tools, gloves and plenty of friendship & spirit. All we need are more people from our neighborhood. We will pick up trash from our own neighborhood and get to know more of our own Arlington Heights family. We will work until about 11:00am. A limited number of souvenir t-shirts are available. Hope to see you there.

Steering Fort Worth towards Mobility

March 18, 2015 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off 

Do you drive in Fort Worth? Live in Fort Worth? Are you concerned with traffic in Fort Worth? Do you walk or ride your bike in Fort Worth? Do you use public transportation?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, mark your calendars for calendars for any of the public meetings scheduled between April 7 and April 13, 2015 (details listed below). The City of Fort Worth is updating its Master Thoroughfare Plan (MTP) and now is the time to weigh in with your thoughts and concerns and to get your questions answered. The MTP is the long-range plan that identifies the location and type of roadway facilities that are needed to meet projected long-term growth within the city. The most recent update was in 2009. Since 2009, the population of Fort Worth has increased by 60,750, nearly 8.5 percent. This growth has occurred in both suburban and urban areas of the city.

Creating a livable and walkable city has long been a guiding principal for city leaders and citizens alike in Fort Worth. The commitment to improving transportation choices remains steady, and key goals of the current Master Thoroughfare Plan update include improving street and pedestrian connectivity and increasing the multi-modal transportation options through integrated planning. The City of Fort Worth values the input of its citizens. Make plans now to attend any of the following public meetings:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Central Library
500 W. 3rd Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
5:30 pm – Open House
6 pm – 7 pm – Public Meeting

Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Heritage Church of Christ
4201 Heritage Trace Parkway
Fort Worth, Texas 76244
5:30 pm – Open House
6 pm – 7 pm – Public Meeting

Thursday, April 9, 2015
Handley – Meadowbrook Community Center
6201 Beaty Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76112
5:30 pm – Open House
6 pm – 7 pm – Public Meeting

Monday, April 13, 2015
Southwest Regional Library
4001 Library Lane
Fort Worth, Texas 76109
5:30 pm – Open House
6 pm – 7 pm – Public Meeting

Cowtown Cleanup

March 17, 2015 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off 


The 30th annual Cowtown Cleanup event happens on March 28, 8:30–11:30 a.m. This year Arlington Heights residents Jim and Debbie Gentry will host a Love Where You Live community group with another dozen neighbors at their home.

Video of Arlington Heights cleanup crew last year:

For more information:
Jim & Debbie Gentry
512.450.4434,  817.909.6115


June 29, 2014 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off 

Happy Summer! The regularly scheduled AHNA membership meeting on Monday July 21, 2014 has been cancelled due to out of town vacation schedules.

The next meeting of AHNA will be held on Monday August 18 at 6:30 p.m. Stand by for more details.


May 13, 2014 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off 


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