The purpose of this Mayor and Council Communication (M&C) is to authorize the use of a portion of parkland at Prairie Dog Park for the installation of roadway and storm drainage infrastructure improvements.
The Park & Recreation Department (PARD) has been approached by the City of Fort Worth Transportation and Public Works Department (TPW) requesting the proposed use of parkland at Prairie Dog Park (Park) for installation of roadway and storm drainage infrastructure improvements.
TPW is requesting the use of Prairie Dog Park for the Parker Henderson Road Improvements project. The project is part of the 2008 Capital Bond Program for street improvements throughout the City. Part of the reconstruction of Parker Henderson Road is to address flooding conditions along the road and to provide safe walking routes to schools. The improvements along the park road frontage requires an increase in the elevation of the road profile to prevent rising floodwaters from overtopping the road. In addition to raising the profile of the road, five (5) culvert pipes will be installed within the creek channel and concrete blocks will be used as stabilization along the stream bank channel. The raising of the road will require additional sloped areas on the parkland and the entrance for the park will be relocated to accommodate the road improvements (see attached exhibit). An 18" storm drain pipe will be installed to capture drainage for the proposed park entrance drive.
In consideration for the proposed storm drainage outfall, TPW has agreed to implement further studies on the existing dam structure prior to the end of 2018. During the plan review process it was determined that the dam will need to be improved for the overall health of the channel and long term stabilization of the road.
The combined improvements will encompass 34,412 square feet of maintenance area within the park.
Storm drainage Maintenance
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The proposed alignment will impact approximately 4 trees totaling 54 caliper inches within the park. Of the 4 trees being removed, 2 Cedar Elm, 1 Chinaberry, and 1 Oak will require mitigation. The City Forester will be assessing mitigation for the proposed tree removal. The existing trees in proximity to the proposed construction will be protected using chain link fencing throughout construction. Once construction is complete the park will be restored to its previous condition or better.
In accordance with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 26, the City of Fort Worth seeks the proposed use of parkland at Prairie Dog Park for installation of roadway and storm drainage infrastructure.
On October 24, 2018, the Park & Recreation Advisory Board endorsed Staff's recommendation to the City Council to authorize the use of Prairie Dog Park for the installation of roadway and storm drainage infrastructure improvements.
In accordance with State law, public notice of the hearing was advertised in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on November 15, 2018, November 22, 2018 and November 29, 2018. An exhibit map was available for public review at the Park and Recreation Department administrative offices located at 4200 South Freeway, Suite 2200, Fort Worth, Texas 76115.
A letter announcing the proposed use was sent to the presidents of the Village Creek Neighborhood Association on November 13, 2018. Signage was posted at the site noting the proposed use and providing instructions for directing comments to the Park & Recreation Department. Staff will note any public comment received during the public hearing Report of City Staff.
Prairie Dog Park is located in COUNCIL DISTRICT 5.
This M&C does not request approval of a contract with a business entity.