December 25, 2009 · Filed Under Events and News 

The FY2010 city budget closed a $59 million shortfall in part by reducing personnel costs. Among the strategies to reduce personnel costs are furlough days. A furlough day is a day off without pay.

The next furlough day will be Thursday, Dec. 24. As a result of the furlough day, some city services and programs will be unavailable. The Fort Worth Municipal Building (City Hall), Marshall Public Safety Building (Municipal Courts), community centers, drop-off stations and most city buildings will be closed. The Fort Worth Marshal’s Lake Patrol office will be closed Dec. 24-25.

Open Dec. 24 (services as usual)

  • Fire emergency services
  • Police services (the Records Unit and Identification Unit will be closed to the public.)
  • Weekly garbage, recycling, yard waste and bulky item pickup will take place as usual.
  • Alliance, Meacham and Spinks airports
  • Golf courses, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth Herd, McLeland Tennis Center, Fort Worth Zoo, Fort Worth Water Gardens (water features will not be operating)
  • Water Call Center: Payments can be made online or by phone. 817-FW-24-HRS (392-4477)
  • City Call Center:
    • City Switchboard: 817-392-CALL (2255)
    • Environmental Management: 817-392-EASY (3279)
    • Code Compliance: 817-392-1234
    • Animal Care and Control: 817-392-3737
    • Transportation/Public Works: 817-392-8100

Operating on alternate schedule

Except for the Central Library, all libraries will be closed Dec. 23-25. During this time:

  • No library materials will be due, and due dates will be extended to Dec. 29.
  • No online requests for materials will be processed.
  • Book drops will be closed.

The Central Library will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 23. However, as with the other branches, the book drops will be closed, online requests will be unavailable and no materials will be due.
Normal operating hours will resume Dec. 26.

Closings for Holidays

All non-essential City of Fort Worth offices and all Fort Worth libraries and community centers are closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.
Additionally, all offices will close at 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. This will include libraries, community centers and Municipal Court, as well as City Hall and its annexes and other municipal offices.

The following city facilities and programs will operate on modified schedules:

  • Fort Worth Botanic Garden/Japanese Garden:  The garden is open daily from dawn to dusk. The Japanese Garden is closed Dec. 25. The rest of the holiday season, the Japanese Garden’s hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Garden Center is closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. It will be open 10 a.m-2 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2. Normal hours will resume Jan. 3.
  • Municipal Golf Courses: Closed Dec. 25; open daylight to dusk all other days.
  • Log Cabin Village: Closed Dec. 25-Jan. 1.
  • Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge: Closed Dec. 25. Open Jan. 1.
  • Fort Worth Herd: Dec. 25 – No Cattle Drives.
  • Municipal Courts (except the Arraignment Court and Warrant Section): Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 – Closed.


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