Saturday, May 16, 2015

Finding Imaginative Sign Progress By America's Biggest Boondoggle On Saturday Gateway Park Bike Ride

Long ago, almost every Saturday, I took my handlebars to Gateway Park to roll over the mountain bike trail before going treasure hunting at Town Talk.

Well, due to excessive mud the Gateway Park mountain bike trails are currently not rollable, but the paved trails are.

What you are looking at over my handlebars is Gateway Park's Trinity Falls, currently with the Trinity River running high, rendering the Trinity Trail bridge over the river uncrossable.

I don't know why a road has been scratched through the levee, scratched all the way to the river. I saw construction activity today in Gateway Park in addition to the scraped levee.

I found the sign my handlebars are pointing at above to be a bit amusing. Sanitary sewer relocations? Hasn't that old sewage treatment plant in Gateway Park been abandoned for decades? They're relocating it? The Sanitary Sewer Relocations are for the Trinity River Vision - Central City Project & the Trinity Uptown Service Area?

Whoever made this sign must not have gotten the memo that America's Biggest Boondoggle is now called Panther Island.

Trinity River Vision Central City Project Trinity Uptown is so last decade.

Continuing on I came to some new paved trail damage on the Gateway Park trails. The flooding river has done some fresh trail undermining.

It has been quite a few years since the remnants of Hurricane Hermine flooded the Trinity River and did the original damage to the paved trail, which the latest flood has enhanced. Is the damaged trail finally going to be fixed? I have no idea.

Continuing on, arriving back at the mountain bike trail soccer baseball parking lot, I saw the sign you see below.

America's Biggest Boondoggle loves its signage. For years now there has been a HUGE installation of Boondoggle signage by the Gateway Park dog park.

The above sign tell us....

 "As part of the Trinity River Vision Master Plan, we're counting down to the launch of some major improvements to Gateway that will make 2015 a big year for progress. Improvements have already been launched in both east and west Gateway Park, many of which are scheduled to be complete this year. Thanks to the project partners for making Gateway Park a world class park for our city!"

Oh the hubris, the raw galling hubris. World class park? Counting down to the launch of some improvements? Improvements have already been launched? I thought we just read we were counting down to the launch?

I'm stuck on "world class park"

What exactly is a "world class park" I am wondering?

Can a "world class park" be world class  if it sports dozens of outhouses like Gateway Park currently sports?

In the middle of the sign are two illustrations of the progress coming to Gateway Park, including that which you see below.

The above illustration tell us "This scenic river observation deck is one of many amenities going into Gateway Park East in 2015, thanks to the City of Fort Worth Parks Department".

Fort Worth is finally going to repair the long boarded up boardwalk eyesores which have been an embarrassment in this world class park for a decade or longer? Or is this to be a new overlook at a different location, with the existing boardwalk remaining a boarded up eyesore?

Last summer I made a video of the boarded up boardwalk in Gateway Park East. Let me see if I can find that video. I'll be right back. Okay, I found it. I'll stick the video in at the end, but first let's look at what we learn on the right side of the sign.

A comprehensive list of those aforementioned "improvements" which have either launched or will soon launch.

The sign tells us that coming in 2015 to Gateway Park East we will see new benches & tables, extra security lighting, additional restrooms, pedestrian bridges, new picnic pavilions, trail extensions, a new trailhead and something called "sights and sounds of nature" children's learning area.

Additional restrooms? Since there are no public restrooms in Gateway Park, of the modern indoor plumbing sort (except in the baseball park, open only when games are being played) are these additional restrooms more outhouses? I would assume so.

Outhouses are the restroom facilities at one of the world's premiere outdoor music venues, The Boondoggle's Panther Island Pavilion, where there is no island or pavilion.

Does it not strike you, as it does me, that these are rather meager park improvements? Is it really necessary to install a sign letting park visitors know more outhouses are being added in 2015?

I have grown tired of typing, so I will keep the Town Talk talk short. Suffice to say, I got a lot of good stuff today.

Anyway, below is the aforementioned video of a walk on the current Gateway Park East boarded up boardwalk....

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