Soon after I hit the publish button, this morning, on the blogging about the new lake I found last night, at a location on the Trinity Trails where the Trinity River Vision is apologizing, over and over again, for the mess it is making of the Trinity River, I got a comment from one of my favorite frequent sources of good information, the agent who calls herself cd0103.
cd0103 pointed me to a website, suggesting that this might explain the new lake. It took about one second of looking at the website cd0103 pointed me to to realize cd0103 had pointed me in the right direction.
Above is the artist's rendering, from the aforementioned website, of the aforementioned lake. Below is a picture I took last night of the same aforementioned lake.
Just when I think the Trinity River Vision can't get any weirder, it does. I believe J.D. Granger, and his crew, have topped the Trinity River Inner Tube Happy Hour lunacy with this lake.
What is the lake all about you can't help but wonder?
It will be called Cowtown Wakepark. I'll let the Cowtown Wavepark website and J.D. Granger help illuminate this for you....
"Cowtown Wakepark has also received the exceptional support from the Trinity River Vision Authority, the organization responsible for revitalizing the Trinity River in Fort Worth. The Executive Director, JD Granger, states: “Cowtown Wakepark will be one of the shining stars of the dynamic improvements happening on the Trinity River right now. We are very excited to have teamed up with the best people in the field of wakeboarding and we are working diligently to help make Cowtown Wakepark the premiere wakeboarding facility in the world. We want everybody in Fort Worth to be able to experience the fun of Wakeboarding, and Cowtown makes it affordable for everyone in Fort Worth to take up the sport.”
So, J.D. Granger wants all of the 700,000 plus citizens of Fort Worth to experience the fun of Wakeboarding? And, at $25 to rent a wakeboard and ride it, J.D. thinks that this is affordable for everyone?
And it has now become one of the goals of the Trinity River Vision to make the premiere wakeboarding facility in the world?
How is the water in this lake kept clean enough to swim in?
What I am also wondering is how has this been paid for? Apparently the Cowtown Wakepark is a private business, working in cahoots with the Trinity River Vision. Did Cowtown Wakepark pay to have this lake made and the new trails around it? Or is that out of the TRV budget?
And, if it is possible to make a big lake like this, obviously swimmable, if people are going to be wakeboarding on it, why not instead make it a big swimming hole that those Fort Worth kids currently locked out of Fort Worth's swimming pools can go swimming in on a hot summer day?
The City of Fort Worth is closing all its public swimming pools, while the Trinity River Vision is building a swimmable lake for the rather small niche sport of wakeboarding? Is it only me who thinks this seems just a bit nuts? And by what process did the Trinity River Vision get into seeing things like wakeboard parks?
I think J.D. Granger should hold his next Inner Tube Happy Hour in the new Cowtown Wakeboard Lake.
And then, as Stenotrophomonas poetically suggested, float on down the river with Mayor Mike til they reach the big whirlpool swirling behind the Trinity River Dam/Bridge by Gateway Park.
Star-Telegram no show, no surprise - While the Fort Worth Star-Telegram had plenty to say during the Tarrant Regional Water Board election (not all of it accurate), they were noticably absent...