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New arena at Will Rogers takes shape


The proposed Will Rogers Memorial Center arena continues to take shape as voters head for a Nov. 4 election to decide whether to approve new taxes to help pay for the $450 million facility.

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Toques off to Timothy Prefontaine. The executive chef at the iconic Fort Worth Club is currently the best in the nation, according to the American Culinary Federation. Prefontaine earned the title of 2014 U.S.A.’s Chef of the

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Fort Worth-based Woodmont plans $80M Hard Rock Hotel retail center

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Trinity Valley School leader to leave in May 2015

Gary Krahn, head of school for the past eight years at Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, will leave his position in May 2015 when he and his wife Paula will move

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TRVA gets ready for ice, pedestrian bridges

The Ice at Discovery Green in Houston. Something similar withh open in Fort Worth soon. 

Jack Z. Smith
Special Projects Reporter
Fort Worth Business Press


The opening of a new outdoor ice skating rank, on the north edge of downtown Fort Worth, is barely more than two weeks away.
Shanna Cate, planning and development manager for the Trinity River Vision Authority, told TRVA board members at their Wednesday meeting that the rink operator "will come in next week and start putting in the rink and the infrastructure."
A Conroe-based company, Ice Rink Events, is to operate the rink, dubbed Panther Island Ice, which is being billed as the first commercial outdoor ice skating rink in Fort Worth. Plans for the rink were first announced in early October.


The rink will be at a site adjoining the Coyote Drive-In movie theater at 223 N.E. 4th St., on the city's near north side, under an agreement with the TRVA. The theater is a short distance south of a large parking lot used for a variety of activities, including Fort Worth Cats baseball games at LaGrave Field.
Ice Rink Events also operates a rink at Discovery Green, a popular 12-acre urban park in downtown Houston.
The seasonal operation in Fort Worth will run through Jan. 5.
The rink plans to charge regular admission of $10, with a discounted charge of $8 for students and active military personnel and reservists.


The rink will be kept icy by equipment including chillers.
Information about the Fort Worth rink operation is now available at www.pantherislandice.com.


The TRVA board also approved the award of a contract to Randall Stout Architects of Los Angeles for nearly $1.65 million for the design of four pedestrian bridges as part of the Trinity Uptown project, a massive $909.9 million flood control and economic development project led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The TRVA is a unit of the Tarrant Regional Water District, a key local participant in the project.
Jenna Brummett, assistant project manager for the TRVA, said the construction cost for the pedestrian bridges is tentatively estimated at $11.5 million. With the design expense included, the total cost would be more than $13.1 million.
The four bridges include upper and lower bridges at a South Channel portion and upper and lower bridges at a North Channel portion of the Uptown project. A major component of the project will be the construction of a 1.5-mile bypass channel designed to stabilize Trinity River water levels and enable construction of extensive waterfront residential and commercial development in a bedraggled old 800-acre industrial area just north of downtown.
The design work for the pedestrian bridges is expected to be completed in about a year.
 

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