Downtown Knoxville Alliance gives $250,000 boost to Fort Kid renovation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The renovation to the Fort Kid playground area got a financial boost Wednesday from the Downtown Knoxville Alliance.

The organization is contributing $250,000 for an entryway path to the beloved playground.

Hedstrom Landscape Architecture has developed a concept for the slope and path to connect World’s Fair Park Drive with Fort Kid. The terminus of the sloped path at the top of the hill would be at a newly created accessible entrance to the play structure and a new accessible parking area. 

“The City is very appreciative of the supplemental funding approved by the Downtown Alliance, as well as the slope concept developed by Hedstrom Landscape Architecture,” Knoxville Deputy Chief Operating Officer Chip Barry said. “We look forward to activating the space and creating an accessible path with interactive features.” 

In May and June, the decaying retaining wall made of railroad ties and the 30-year-old timber play structure were removed. The site was regraded to create a flat area at the top of the hill for a new play structure and a more accessible path from the parking lot.

The new grassy slope replaced the retaining wall, creating better connectivity between the playground, parking area and Knoxville Museum of Art. 

Hedstrom’s concept envisions a fort-wall entrance area along World’s Fair Park Drive at the Knoxville Museum of Art, climbing features, and an observation canopy with a vantage point of World’s Fair Park and KMA sculpture gardens.

Later this year, the city will develop and reveal a final design for the slope. 

The city has budgeted $300,000 for the renovation of Fort Kid, and businessman Thomas Boyd has donated $200,000 to the project. The Downtown Alliance’s contribution brings the total project to $750,000. 



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New Fort Worth Development to Offer 2,500+ New Homes

PLANO, Texas, Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Green Brick Partners, in partnership with Taylor Morrison, has closed on the purchase of nearly 900 acres north of Sendera Ranch in Fort Worth for a joint development. The community, named Madero, will bring more than 2,500 value-oriented homes to this growth corridor of Fort Worth.

Construction of Madero is projected to start in Q1 2021 and will include 50’, 60’, and 77’ wide homesites in multiple phases. Located in Fort Worth’s sought-after Northwest Independent School District, the community will be in close proximity to Hwy 287 and offer less than a 30-minute commute to Downtown Fort Worth.

The development plan includes extensive amenities throughout, including two amenity centers with resort-style pools, expansive green spaces with walking trails, parks, and a neighborhood retail area.

“We are thrilled to continue expanding our presence in Fort Worth, and to provide homebuyers a fantastic opportunity to live in such close proximity to attractive amenities including Eagle Mountain Lake while maintaining easy access to major employment centers in Fort Worth,” said Jed Dolson, Chief Operating Officer for Green Brick Partners. “In addition to its ideal location, Madero will feature a wealth of amenities which we are certain will set us apart from the competition.”

Green Brick Partners will be offering approximately 1,250 homes through its Trophy Signature Homes brand. Homes will range from 1,500 to 3,500 square feet and feature 3-4 bedrooms and 2-3 bathrooms with prices starting from the high $200s. As with every Trophy Signature Homes community, all upgrades, including engineered wood floors, Smart Home automation packages, and horizontal modern fireplaces, will come standard with each home.

“North Fort Worth is one of the fastest growing areas of DFW,” said Keith Hurand, Taylor Morrison’s Division President for DFW. “The trend of spending more time

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Village Homes Southwest Fort Worth

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