Fort Worth Goes Verdant with TRWD on Board, City's Century-Long Greenspace Saga Begins

Fort Worth Goes Verdant with TRWD on Board, City's Century-Long Greenspace Saga BeginsSource: City of Fort Worth
Richard Dawson
Published on November 29, 2023

In a stride toward safeguarding Fort Worth's natural charm, the city and the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) have inked an MOU dedicated to greenspace preservation. Fort Worth is turning over a new leaf with its latest Green Good Natured Fort Worth initiative - and they're not going it alone, thanks to a new partnership with TRWD, as reported by the City of Fort Worth.

Fortifying their commitment to the next century's environmental blueprint, the City's pact with TRWD is more than just paper talk. The Mayor of Fort Worth, Mattie Parker, a fervent advocate for parks and recreation, remarked, "With the recent launch of the Good Natured Fort Worth Greenspace Initiative, we are entering an era that will define Fort Worth’s green and blue space conservation, for the next 100 years." Parker, who also leads the Mayors for Parks Coalition and champions the 10-Minute Walk Program, highlighted the critical need for robust partnerships like that with the TRWD to maintain open spaces for both present and future residents, as quoted by the City of Fort Worth.

Though both the City and TRWD have individually championed the cause of nature for years - with TRWD supplying water to millions and managing miles of floodways and trails, and the City boasting an impressive array of parks and conservation programs - this MOU marks a united front. The collaboration seeks to introduce a private conservancy non-profit, enhanced joint strategies, and an annual report to keep the public in the green about Fort Worth's environmental undertakings.

Leah King, TRWD’s board president, underscored the synergy in a statement, saying "TRWD’s commitment and investment in this joint initiative will provide the public access to green and blue spaces." King envisions a legacy replete with environmental stewardship and enriching community welfare, per the City of Fort Worth.

Amid a development boom that sees Fort Worth losing crucial open space every week, this agreement is a timely response to public sentiment. With Fort Worthians unequivocally supporting greenspace in a 2022 Trust for Public Land survey - and giving the thumbs up to a $15 million bond for open space conservation in 2021 - the city's green mission has the people's mandate.