With the City Council taking a break from meetings until July 15, the calendar is packed with opportunities for citizen input and participation. Here are the Top 5 things to do this week at city of Fort Worth-sponsored events and public facilities.
June 16, 17 and 19
1. Hear about proposed renovations at several city parks. Parks & Community Services is hosting a series of presentations to show residents what’s planned at their neighborhood parks. This week’s meetings are: 6 p.m., Monday, June 16, for Northside Park at Northside Community Center, 1101 NW 18th St.; 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, for Terry Park at 3104 North Terry St.; and 6 p.m., Thursday, June 19, for High Crest Park at 2515 Bruce St.
June 16, 17 and 21
2. Last days to vote in District 9 council seat runoff. If you’re a registered voter in District 9, exercise your right to cast a ballot in the runoff to fill the unexpired term of Joel Burns, who resigned. Ed Lasater and Ann Zadeh are the candidates. Early voting continues Monday and Tuesday. Election Day is Saturday. Find details and your voting location on the city’s website. You must present a current photo ID or an Election Identification Certificate to vote. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
3. Cycle through the Fort Worth Nature Center at the mayor’s Rolling Town Hall. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price takes her Rolling Town Hall to Fort Worth’s largest park, the Fort Worth Nature Center, at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road. Bring your bike and your ideas for a chat with the mayor.
June 19 and 20
4. Commemorate Juneteenth at two celebrations. Juneteenth commemorates the arrival in Texas of the news that slavery had been abolished in America. The news didn’t reach Texas until June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became effective on Jan. 1, 1863. Thursday's event begins at 6 p.m at historic Mosier Valley, a community founded by former slaves, in Euless at 11220 Mosier Valley Road. Join District 5 Councilmember Gyna Bivens for the celebration sponsored by Fort Worth Parks & Community Services. The program will be followed by an informal reception at St. John Missionary Baptist Church, 3324 House Anderson Road in Euless. Friday's event begins at noon in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St. Devoyd Jennings, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce, will speak. Jill Darden, publisher and founder of Fort Worth Black News, will emcee.
5. Watch the 100+ Boat Parade sail into history at Lake Worth. Lake Worth is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2014. The next celebration event is the Centennial Summer Solstice Boat Parade on Saturday. Sailors will gather their decorated boats along the north shore of Goat Island for an 11 a.m. start. The flotilla will sail an 11-mile route around the perimeter of most of the lake. The parade is estimated to last one and a half to two hours.