5/8/2015 UPDATE: TXDOT says they will have the site cleared by "mid-Summer." TXDOT said they wanted to continue using the site on a "temporary basis." The neighborhood clearly communicated to TXDOT, Charlie Geren's office, and Dennis Shingleton's office that the neighborhood will vigorously oppose any further industrial use of the site - whether the use is permanent or "temporary."
Over the past decade, the neighbors around Lake Worth have put enormous effort into revitalizing the area. Things we have accomplished: $20m dredging of the lake, $80m water and sewer projects, $18m bicycle trails around the lake (underway), numerous park improvements.
One historic park, Love Circle Park, has been the focus of enormous effort. Eight years ago, the park looked derelict. Over that time, we have cleaned the park of debris and planted 200 trees. A jogging trail is scheduled to be installed in 2016.
However, during that time, TXDOT has increasingly used the highway easement adjacent to the park as an industrial staging area. TXDOT's activity is undermining our neighborhood's efforts at revitalization. The TXDOT mess on the highway communicates to the public that no one cares about the neighborhood. This is not true.
We now respectfully ask the Honorable Representative Charlie Geren for help. We ask that he instruct TXDOT to cease from using our neighborhood as a staging ground. Remove the equipment. Remove the gravel. Remove the barriers. Return our neighborhood to us. With all due respect to TXDOT and its important functions, this is our neighborhood. We care about it.
Above, I have included a video. Below, I have a map with the TXDOT area circled in red and pictures of the mess. (The area is just west of where Jacksboro Highway crosses Lake Worth.) As you can see, when the satellite picture was taken, there were only a couple of objects there. Today, the area now looks like a full blown industrial site. Not only is this area in a neighborhood, it represents the "Gateway to Lake Worth." With 50,000 people going by this each day, this area creates the impression most people have of the lake area. This mess is the first impression for anyone visiting the lake or the the Fort Worth Nature Center.
Here is beautiful Love Circle Park, just behind the TXDOT mess.