FUTURE OF FORT WORTH IN 2050

June 14, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on FUTURE OF FORT WORTH IN 2050 

The City of Fort Worth wants to hear your ideas as they work to create a roadmap for what Fort Worth will look like in 2050. A free in-person visioning event will be held this Tuesday June 18, 2024 at the Roundup Inn at Will Rogers Memorial Complex. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Parking is free for attendees. Pre-registration is encouraged  – click here.

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42ND YEAR FOR BALLET CONCERTO’S SUMMER DANCE CONCERTS

June 14, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on 42ND YEAR FOR BALLET CONCERTO’S SUMMER DANCE CONCERTS 

The outdoor performances run from Thursday June 20 through Sunday June 23 at 8:30 p.m. at The Shops at Clearfork.  Lawn seating for the performances are free, with paid reserved table seating available, too.  To learn more about this year’s concerts or to reserve a table, please visit balletconcerto.com/summer-concert.

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REDEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

June 14, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on REDEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER 

After many months of deliberating about the future of Fort Worth Community Arts Center, the City determined in May that none of the redevelopment proposals under consideration met expectations and rejected all of them.  So it’s back to the drawing board.  Next steps will be announced later this summer.

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MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING

May 19, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on MAY MEMBERSHIP MEETING 
Tuesday May 21 at 6:30pm 
Fort Worth Firefighters Hall
3855 Tulsa Way at Crestline Rd.

Please join us for the monthly AHNA Membership Meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend–bring a friend!

Neighborhood Patrol Officer Andy Morquecho gives us his monthly report about crime in our neighborhood. .

GUEST SPEAKER:  Steve McCoy from Archie’s Gardenland. If there’s anyone who knows more about the challenges of Fort Worth gardening than Steve, we don’t know them. Steve has been with Archie’s for almost 40 years.  The man has the answer for everything.

This evening’s format will be Q & A, so bring your gardening problems and Steve will offer solutions.
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MAY YARD OF THE MONTH

May 19, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on MAY YARD OF THE MONTH 
The yard at 2320 Hillcrest St. is always a perfect blend of  color and texture. This is the third time this yard has been awarded the AHNA Yard of the Month–a record since the awards started in 2008.

Laura and Bob Jenkins have transformed their award-winning yard multiple times over the nineteen years they’ve called 2320 Hillcrest St. home. They enjoy doing all the work themselves, including  planning, purchasing, digging, planting, weeding and mowing.  Laura selects most of the plants, except for the maple trees which are Bob’s special favorites that he buys exclusively from Metro Maples in Rendon.

The two towering red oaks on the south side of the property are the only remnants of prior owners. Holly shrubs, yaupon holly, and dwarf nandinas create the backdrop for the front beds with purple oxalis and a Fireglow and Crimson Queen Japanese maples along the front row. This area gets morning sun, but has not been enough to sustain the geraniums, caladiums and begonias Laura has planted in the past.  Several years ago, Laura added an African iris that needs shade. Even though it has yet to bloom, she keeps waiting.

Gone is the towering stand of Italian cypress along the northern border of their property.  The cypress caught a fungus and eventually succumbed to it.  The commanding Fire Dragon Shantung Maple next to the front curb was planted sixteen years ago and is nicknamed Ben, in honor of the birth of Jenkins’ first grandson who turned 16 this year.    A Chinese pistache tree is on the other side of the front sidewalk.

The side yard bed next to the house features dianthus, hearty hibiscus, purple hearts, lorapetalum, elephant ears, hydrangea, caladiums, hostas, and more oxalis.  Wisteria climbs along the wall of the house.

To get rid of stubborn nutgrass, Laura spent several months this winter digging up the large bed along El Campo Ave. “I dug down five inches, got out of most of the nutgrass and then double layered it with 12-year weed barrier fabric, topping it off with mulch.”   Today, in bloom are several kinds of daylilies, Mexican feather grass, amaryllis, salvia, Dutch iris, tropical hibiscus and Blue Daze.  In the center of the bed is a Blue Atlas cedar, the last one standing–three others died over the years.

Laura gets her plants everywhere, sometimes trading with neighbors and often shopping for small plants at Lowe’s, Plantus, Archie’s, or  Premier Nursery.  “If you buy a plant in a gallon pot, it’s already fully grown.  I don’t like starting out with giant plants.  I want to grow them myself.”

Laura and Bob, both retired Fort Worth firefighters, received a $25 gift certificate to Archie’s Gardenland and a year’s membership in Arlington Heights Neighborhood Association, courtesy of AHNA.

If you see an award-worthy yard, even your own, please let us know by sending the address to president@arlingtonheightsna.com.

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TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICE PROGRAM REINSTATED

May 19, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on TRAFFIC CALMING DEVICE PROGRAM REINSTATED 
Ten years ago, the City of Fort Worth cancelled the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program because speed bumps and speed cushions slowed down emergency response times. The City has revived the program for low-volume, residential streets only. 

How to get speed cushions for your block?  Click here for Application. Submit a request through the MyFortWorth App, email the completed form to TrafficCalming@fortworthtexas.gov or mail to the address on the form.

Once received, city staff will contact the applicant to confirm eligibility.  Staff will perform speed data for your block.  To qualify, 85% of motorists must exceed the posted speed limit by five miles an hour or more.  Applicants must also provide written support from two-thirds of the property owners within the impacted block and 100% support of owners impacted by the proposed placement of the speed calming devices.

For more information, go to: https://www.fortworthtexas.gov/news/2024/4/traffic-calm or call 817-392-1234.

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ELECTION DAY SATURDAY MAY 4

April 30, 2024 · Filed Under Events and News · Comments Off on ELECTION DAY SATURDAY MAY 4 

Make sure to head to the polls this Saturday May 4 to cast your vote for three board of director positions at Tarrant Appraisal District and the proposed 2024 Venue Tax to allow the City of Fort Worth to increase by 2% the city’s hotel occupancy tax rate.  This is to pay off the debt for renovating the convention center.

Here is a sample ballot:

For voting locations, go to www.fortworthtexas.gov/departments/citysecretary/elections. To confirm if you’re registered to vote and where you can go to vote, go to Texas Secretary of State’s website.

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