Botanic Garden Invites Public Comment

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas, with Studio Outside, Bennett Partners, and DEI Consultants, will launch a robust, citywide public engagement process later this month to inform a long-term master plan for the Garden, with a particular focus on Fort Worth’s rich and growing diversity.

In addition to providing online comment capabilities through a website www.brit.org/masterplan, five community forums are planned as follows:

Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. Rockwood Park Golf Course Clubhouse

Jan. 27, 6:30 p.m. at Como Community Center

Jan. 29, 10 a.m. at MLK, Jr., Community Center

Feb. 2, 6:30 p.m. at Chisholm Trail Community Center

Feb. 3, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Church

Estrus Tucker, president and CEO of DEI Consultants, outlined goals for the 90-minute community forums. “Listening, building relationships and informing the master plan are the three major goals for soliciting this public feedback,” Tucker said. “We especially want to hear from new and diverse community voices while building relationships across the city with organizations and individuals.”

Forum agenda formats will consist of brief opening remarks with a welcome from City Council members, an overview of Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas, a summary of the master planning process, a brief statement about “why” these meetings are being held, and a series of interactive conversations, listening sessions, and engaging planning activities. With health and safety of all participants a top priority, CDC guidelines will be followed.

“We consider public feedback immensely important in the master planning process since the Garden is a local treasure belonging to all Fort Worth residents,“ said Bob Byers, FWBG|BRIT executive vice president and co-chair of the Master Planning Committee. “Creating a long-term, inspiring guest experience is at the heart of this process.”

The master planning committee led by former District 7 City Councilman Dennis Shingleton comprises members from throughout the community, representative of Fort Worth civil servants, local garden associations, Fort Worth ISD, FWBG|BRIT Board and staff, and other community advocates and developers.

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