Dallas Water Garden Planned Along Riverfront Boulevard - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas Water Garden Planned Along Riverfront Boulevard

Plan to combine park and and storm water filtration



    Dallas Water Garden Planned Along Riverfront Boulevard

    Dallas has struggled for years to build a Trinity River Park -- with no results yet. But a much smaller park plan is moving forward with money that was tucked into last year's bond referendum. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018)

    A Dallas Water Garden project planned along Riverfront Boulevard will combine a linear park with water quality improvements for the old drainage channels that once were the original Trinity River path.

    Voters approved $7 million for the $50 million project in the November 2017 Dallas Bond Referendum. The rest of the money would come from other government grants, a developer with adjacent property and private donations.

    The North Central Texas Council of Governments has hired an engineering firm for $365,000 to do preliminary Water Garden design. The park will include a series of wetland ponds to filter storm water that moves through the area. An expanded Able Pump Station just being completed on Riverfront Boulevard will help move excess storm water from the Water Garden through the Trinity River floodway levees.  The river was relocated into the floodway when the levees were built in the 1930's.

    Dallas Park Board President Bobby Abtahi campaigned for the bond referendum and inclusion of the Water Garden Project.

    Alligator Rescued From Python's Grip

    [DFW] Alligator Rescued From Python's Grip

    Two men were out hunting for pythons when they spotted the 10-foot-long snake coiled around an alligator. The man who bagged the Burmese python, admitted that he was afraid of snakes, saying he went on the trip to get over his fears. The gator ran away after the men loosened it from the python's grip.

    (Published Monday, June 18, 2018)

    “We thought it was a great addition to say that we’re not just going to focus on grey infrastructure and pouring concrete but we’re going to focus on green infrastructure and parks and blue infrastructure with our water sources,” he said. “Some people talk about win, win scenarios. This is like a win, win, win scenario, so it’s going to be great.”

    The plan thrills neighbor Roger Reyna who owns a nightclub and the land around it on Riverfront Boulevard just south of I-30. His property is right beside the proposed water garden site.

    “It will be a tremendous change from what it is now to what it will be then,” Reyna said.

    The street was called Industrial Boulevard before the city changed it to Riverfront in 2009 to upgrade the image of what was a mostly industrial area.

    Portions of Riverfront Boulevard have since been reconstructed. The terminal for a proposed High Speed Rail line to Houston is planned near the Water Garden site just east of Riverfront Boulevard on Cadiz Street. The hike and bike bridge portions of a new Margaret McDermott I-30 bridge over the Trinity River are expected to open soon with an entrance right behind Roger Reyna’s property.

    “There probably will be more folks walking around, biking and stuff like that. And if we have those little ponds like they plan to do, there will probably be people around those ponds,” Reyna said.

    Bobcat Spotted Near Texas Walmart

    [DFW] Bobcat Spotted Near Texas Walmart

    A Corpus Christi resident said she was walking around behind a Walmart when she spotted a bobcat lurking through the brush of a fenced-off lot and she got it on video. Wildlife officials say during drought situations, prey will move around and look for water.

    (Published Monday, June 18, 2018)

    His land is already zoned for development up to 300 feet in height. That could be more than 20 stories tall. He said the Water Garden could make this the perfect time to get top dollar for his property.

    “I want to retire,” he said. “I want to do something different.”

    Abtahi said the city hopes to begin construction of the Water Garden next year.

    Kid Knocks Over Expensive Glass Sculpture

    [DFW] Kid Knocks Over Expensive Glass Sculpture

    A Kansas mother and father may have to pay out for their child's actions after he knocked over a sculpture and it was all caught on video. A mother and her children were at The Tomahawk Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas when one of the children began hugging a glass mosaic torso eventually tipping it over. The sculpture was damaged and now the insurance company wants the parents to pay $132,000 for negligence.

    (Published Monday, June 18, 2018)

    Get the latest from NBC DFW anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android