Yesterday, East Fort Worth, Inc's. efforts to beautify East Fort Worth, Gateway Park and the roadways and entries into the park took a giant leap forward. The EASTSIDE BLOSSOMS committee members joined with BNSF, Texas Trees Foundation and the Arbor Day Foundation to plant the newly rebuilt entry into Gateway Park from E. 1st Street. The timing was perfect as it was the first day that construction was completed on East First Street and the Trinity River bridges. Come enjoy this new roadway and watch as the blossoming tree planting continue between E. Loop 820 and the Fort Worth CBD.
As Committee Chairman for EASTSIDE BLOSSOMS I want to send my sincere thanks to Nathan Joe Loftice of BNSF. Through Nathan's efforts, BNSF provided funding and approximately 70 BNSF volunteers that planted 40 Texas Redbud trees at the E 1st Street entry into Gateway Park.
Gateway Park is and will be a huge part of the future for Fort Worth. GWP will be over 1,000 acres and include athletic facilities, an amphitheater, a scenic Trinity River overlook, a dog park "Fort Woof", picnic areas with covered pavilions and vast open spaces.
The tree plantings were the first step toward landscaping the entry. In the next few weeks to months, Trinity River Vision personnel will remove old signage and install a newly designed stone monument at this entry into the park. EASTSIDE BLOSSOMS will install an irrigation system and plant the center median at the entry with beautiful colorful landscaping. These entry improvements were made possible by the supplying of the trees and planting of the trees by BNSF. Jean and John Roach have made a major cash contribution which will be used toward the installation of the irrigation system and the landscaping.
Others that were in attendance and helped make the GWP entry plantings happen were Matt Harris, CEO of the Arbor Day Foundation. Matt was accompanied by Dan Morrow of ADF. They flew in from Nebraska to be a part of this momentous GWP event. Additional support came from Matt Grubisich, Director of Operations for Texas Trees Foundation. All parties plan to work together to move the EASTSIDE BLOSSOMS project forward.
It is very difficulty to state in words how important the planting of this first entry into the park is to our EFWI's overall plan to beautify and revitalize East Fort Worth. We have 4 more entries to work toward. When the entries are fully landscaped, everyone coming to Gateway Park will experience the product of the tribute that Charles Tandy envisioned for Anne Burnett Tandy. It is happening.