Jeff Blakeman on the left and Bob Blakeman on the right, present a $5,000 check to the EASTSIDE BLOSSOMS project for the planting of Texas Redbud trees along the new E. First Street, Randol Mill Road, Beach Street and Oakland Blvd. These streets encircle Gateway Park. Other parts of the project include a new heavily landscaped entry into Gateway Park from E. First Street. A Memorial Wall and Garden are in plans for the future. Bob’s son Chad Blakeman, who is also one of the donors, was not available for the picture. Bob, “an Old Handley Boy”, grew up in East Fort Worth where he attended Handley High School and played football for the Greyhounds in the late 1950’s. Bob grew up on a farm on Randol Mill Road to the east of the current EASTSIDE BLOSSOMS project. Bob’s fond memories and love for East Fort Worth are evident from his generous gift to this area. After high school, Bob attended Texas Christian University from which he received his college degree. A lifelong Fort Worthian, Bob enjoys giving back to his beloved city. Bob’s famous race horse, Dash For Speed was a World Champion Filly being the only winner of the Triple Crown Derby at Ruidoso, NM. Dash For Speed, set the track record at the 1990 Anne Burnett HCP, Los Alamitos Race Track. For an exciting racehorse video, see History’s Fastest Athletes: “Dash for Speed” on youtube. Thanks to Bob, Jeff and Chad for your generous donation.