50 for 50 | Panther Island
Although the primary purpose for the Trinity River Project is to provide needed flood protection, along with updating infrastructure and addressing environmental issues, the project will also create an estimated 10,000 mixed-income residences and three million square feet of commercial space while doubling the size of the Fort Worth Cultural District and Stockyards. It has also created new recreational amenities, including a development called Panther Island, a pedestrian-oriented urban waterfront district adjacent to downtown Fort Worth.
Along with the expansion of Gateway Park, Panther Island is creating one of the largest urban-programmed parks in the U.S. with more than 90 projects planned for the Trinity Trails. With the creation of mountain bike courses, concrete and soft-paved trails, scenic river overlooks, hiking trails, sports fields, skate parks, picnic areas, equestrian trails, a splash park and playgrounds, there is something for everyone to do on Panther Island.
Panther Island Pavilion, an entertainment venue, is located on the Trinity River with the impressive downtown Fort Worth skyline as a backdrop to multiple stages, including the only waterfront stage in Texas. The pavilion also hosts an indoor stage in the Shack, a 10,000-square-foot building on site. Panther Island Beach offers both beach and river activities, such as paddle sports, as well as provides a venue for concerts, festivals and other events.
The Trinity River Promenade is a network of trails that connects urban parks, lakes, canals and marinas, including a 33-acre lake. With the creation of 12 miles of active urban waterfront, including pedestrian bridges, canals and corridors that allow for walking along and enjoying the trendy restaurants and nightlife, Panther Island attracts culturally diverse people looking for new areas to live, work and play.