Construction of new sidewalks near three BISD schools in Haltom City began in late 2013 and, when completed, will improve the safety of students walking and biking to school. Funded by a grant from Safe Routes to Schools, a federally funded program administered by TxDOT, the 7.6 miles of sidewalk construction will also result in improved crossings at railroad tracks and streets.
Schools involved include North Oaks Middle, Haltom Middle and the Academy at West Birdville. Phase I construction began near North Oaks along Haltom Road and Springlake Parkway. It has continued south along Haltom Road and includes sidewalks on several other secondary streets.
The 2014 Images of Haltom City Photo Contest has wrapped up, with more than 250 entries vying for honors in nine different categories. Judging took place Thursday, March 27th at the Haltom City Recreation Center.
This year’s judges included Gary Blocker, Cos Deleo and Michelle Cahill, all professionals in the field.
Best of Show (at right) was taken by Haltom City resident Steven Kays.
Thanks to the work of city departments, elected officials and community volunteers, Haltom City has earned distinction as a Tree City USA. The recognition means that the city is committed to preserving its public trees and increasing citizen awareness of the importance and benefits of trees.
To qualify as a Tree City USA, a community must establish a “tree board,” pass a tree preservation ordinance, put together a budget for tree maintenance and education and issue an annual Arbor Day proclamation. All of these requirements had been met, the latest being the ordinance which was passed by city council in late 2013.
Follow us as we visit with some of the artist who displayed their work at the November 21, 2013 Holiday Art Ramble here in Haltom City. The Art Ramble featured local artists who showed their work at 12 locations throughout Haltom City.
In an effort to raise awareness of wasteful water usage the Fort Worth Water Department and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) partnered to challenge area homeowners to create the perfect, water efficient landscape and compete in the EcoScape residential landscape contest. Residents with 1,000 square foot (or larger) front yard were eligible and were asked to submit their water efficient yards that use native/adaptive plants and mix according to color, aesthetic appeal, and plant variety.
The winners of the contest are:
1st place, Betty Porter, 3217 Field Street, Haltom City
2nd place, Kathy Clark, 4005 W. 6th Street, Fort Worth
3rd place, Rick Tucker, 2517 Ryan Avenue, Fort Worth
Each will receive a winner’s sign and a membership to BRIT. In addition the first place winner receives a compost bin and a 50-gallon rain barrel.
“Congratulations to our winners for their creative and efficient lawn,” says Assistant Water Director Kara Shuror. “Employing water saving methods like rain water harvesting, composting, drip irrigation, and planting native and
adaptive plants not only helps lower monthly water bills, but can also significantly reduce the amount of water needed from area lakes.”
It is estimated that up to 50% of all water used in the summer months goes to residential landscapes.
The EcoScape Contest was open to residential landscapes within Fort Worth city limits and Fort Worth’s wholesale customer cities, including Aledo, Bethesda Water Supply Corp., Burleson, Crowley, Dalworthington Gardens, Edgecliff Village, Everman, Forest Hill, Grand Prairie, Haltom City, Haslet, Hurst, Keller, Kennedale, Lake Worth, Northlake, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills, Roanoke, Saginaw, Southlake, Trophy Club Municipal Utility District, Westlake, Westover Hills, Westworth Village and White Settlement. The judging criteria included design aesthetic appeal through composition, use of color, and plant variety; water conservation; and overall yard/plant health.
In hopes of making this an annual contest, BRIT and the Fort Worth Water Department will again sponsor the competition next year. Applications will be available on the Haltom City and BRIT web sites.
Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council have launched a new advertising campaign designed to raise awareness about the benefits of recycling with the goal of making recycling a daily social norm. Choosing to recycle, the campaign suggests, can give otherwise discarded materials another "life".
A new website, www.IWantToBeRecycled.org, offers a localized search tool that allows users to find where to recycle either at their curbside or their nearest recycling center. The website illustrates the recycling process through an interactive infographic and offers detailed information on what materials can be recycled, how they should be recycled and what products they can become in the future.
For recycling option here in Haltom City please visit this page.