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#1 ron4Life

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:10 AM

This was a surprising story to me from NBC Channel 5 http://tinyurl.com/cyc4p6e I knew about the plans for the garden, but I didn't think it had started already.. wow how cool.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 09:44 AM

Here's a working link to that story:

NBC 5 story

(The period at the end of your sentence is messing up the link.)

That's great news. I haven't been to the botanical gardens in several years.

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Posted 30 March 2012 - 03:45 PM

Here's a working link to that story:

NBC 5 story

(The period at the end of your sentence is messing up the link.)

That's great news. I haven't been to the botanical gardens in several years.


I think you mean "bOOOOtanic" garden.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 07:57 AM

I love the botanic gardens, especially the japanese gardens. I proposed to my wife there, like many people have. Awesome place.

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Posted 16 October 2012 - 09:04 AM

Have anyone heard anything else about this major Master Plan and maybe taken a photo here are there?

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 11:37 PM

Sooo... no photos of its progress? no?

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Posted 05 June 2013 - 05:06 PM

At the May 21, 2013 City Council meeting, the following passed unanimously:

 

M&C G-17903 - Authorize Acceptance of a Donation from the John Tinsley Estate, via the Fort Worth Botanical Society, Inc., for the Restoration of the Rock Springs Garden Located in the Fort Worth Botanic Garden at a Value of $2,200,000.00, Authorize the Acceptance of a Monetary Donation from the Fort Worth Botanical Society, Inc., in the Amount of $41,231.00 to Fund the Salary and Benefits of a Gardener, Authorize the Naming of an Area at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden as the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Rock Springs Garden, Authorize Waiver of Permit Fees and Adopt Appropriation Ordinance



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 06:54 PM

Groundbreaking Tomorrow!

 

http://fortworthtexa...mpaign=CityNews



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:20 PM

NBC reports that the Gardens are contemplating an admission fee.

 

http://dfw.cbslocal....rth-texas-park/



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 09:38 PM

Yes, they are contemplating an admission fee, and several other changes.



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Posted 01 August 2016 - 11:51 PM

Put a collection box (including epay options) in the garden and ask for donations.  I bet they'll make their money.  Signs like, "Enjoy your visit here as much as a latte'?  Show us some love with a donation!"  Stuff like that.


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 06:01 PM

Botanic Garden Growing ?
http://www.fwweekly....garden-growing/

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 05:49 PM

Interesting that the owners of the antique mall hired an imminent domain attorney.

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Posted 18 August 2016 - 05:53 PM

I thought it was interesting, as well.



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 09:56 PM

Task force considering revenue opportunities for the gardens, including an admission charge

 

http://www.star-tele...e205877204.html

 

Most troubling info in that article is the $15 million in repairs they've been sitting on.  Accountability is just another word in the dictionary for the CoFW. 



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Posted 19 March 2018 - 10:09 PM

How on earth do some flowers and trees and grass rack up $15M in maintenance?



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Posted 20 March 2018 - 08:02 AM

The gardens are a great asset for the city. I'd hate to see an admission fee, especially one as high as $12 for adults and $8 for children. This would simply make the gardens inaccessible for many families. In Ft. Worth approx 26% of children grow up on poverty. That means for a large swath of the city this current public space would no longer be open for them. A family of four (2 adult, 2 children) being forced to spend $40 to visit what was a free public space turns what is currently a great outing whenever the mood strikes to something only accessible as a "special outing." 

 

Trying to raise approx $3.7million in additional revenue, I'd rather pay an additional $1/mo on my property tax or water bills.



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Posted 20 March 2018 - 08:38 AM

How on earth do some flowers and trees and grass rack up $15M in maintenance?


I'm assume you're joking and I haven't had a chance to dig any deeper, but I'm guessing the deferred maintenance involves infrastructure and not routine maintenance. Given that the conservatory is in such bad shape that it's not usable, that's likely where the problem starts. Again, where's the accountability in letting it get that bad?
 
 

I'd hate to see an admission fee, especially one as high as $12 for adults and $8 for children. This would simply make the gardens inaccessible for many families.


I was a little taken aback by the fee starting that high, but it's in line with other cultural facilities around town (do a little research, it's eerily similar to one nearby) and likely in line with what they need to get a handle on the negligent maintenance issue.
 

I'd rather pay an additional $1/mo on my property tax or water bills.


I'm on my city's parks board and we have a similar donation option. It was great when every household was automatically enrolled and there was an opt out option. That was eventually determined to be illegal, so everyone was removed and it became an opt in option. The education process to get people to opt in is grueling and it's taken years to get it back up to even a third of households being enrolled.

Soliciting pledges from locals that support the other cultural institutions in town would be great, but the only way it would work would be to completely turn management over to a private non-profit and get things as far out from under the city bureaucracy as possible. Think about it: would you give the city any more of your money given their track record?





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