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.

Related Articles

BRIT News

Garden Temporarily Closed

Due to a main water line issue, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas will be closed today, June 6. Operations will continue as scheduled in the BRIT building.

With crews currently on site working on repairs, the Garden is expected to be open tomorrow, July 7, 2022.

Read More »
BRIT News

Internationally Acclaimed ‘LIGHTSCAPE’ Coming to Fort Worth Botanic Garden for 2022 Holiday Season

Following sold-out runs in the world’s largest cities including London, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, the internationally acclaimed Lightscape is coming to Fort Worth for the 2022 holiday season. Taking place within the 120-acre Fort Worth Botanic Garden and set along a beautifully illuminated walking trail custom-designed for Fort Worth, Lightscape will feature spectacular artistic installations that come to life after dark with color, imagination, and sound. 

Read More »
BRIT News

Botanic Garden Offers Juneteenth Free Admission

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) invites guests to visit the Garden with free admission Sunday, June 19 in honor of the Juneteenth federal holiday, thanks to the generosity of R Bank, who has made this opportunity accessible for all.

Read More »
BRIT News

Public Invited to Master Plan First Draft Reveal 

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden | Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT) invites public participation in a Master Plan Committee meeting May 17 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. when an initial concept for the master plan design will be revealed.  

Read More »