September 17, 2014

On Track with Fort Worth ISD

Join Fort Worth ISD School Board Member Ashley Paz and other community leaders to ask any questions and share your thoughts.  This community conversation is free and open to all.  No RSVP required—just drop by and walk with us a while.  All you need is a pair of walking shoes, a water bottle, and an enthusiasm for your schools.

Need more information? Call the Parent Information Line at 817.814.2070 or email

On Track with FWISD
September 29, 6pm
Riverside Middle School (large track behind the school)
1600 Bolton, Fort Worth, Texas 76111

September 11, 2014

Save the Date: Police and Firefighters Appreciation Dinner!

Reprinted from Phyllis Anglin's article in this month's edition of the Oak Leaflet:

Oakhurst cooks are gearing up for a cooking and baking marathon that culminates in a whole day and night of good meals for the police and firefighters that serve our area. This way, we get the chance to serve them! This annual dinner is sponsored by Oakhurst Neighborhood Association and the Oakhurst chapter of Citizens on Patrol (Code Blue).

The date is set for October 16th and will encompass all three shifts for our boys in blue and three meals for the Firefighters. The Patrol invites and encourages all new residents of Oakhurst to come, meet your neighbors and visit with the police and firefighters.

Past and present Oakhurst cooks at the 2009 dinner, from left to right: Beverly Mason,
Michelle Rush, Yve Martin, Thelma Cayton, Shirley Odell, and Phyllis Anglin

Pastor Jerry Campbell at Springdale Baptist Church again has graciously offered the use of the kitchen and gymnasium of the church for the dinner. Springdale Baptist is on the corner of Selma and Riverside Drive. Enter at the northeast door of the gymnasium, off Selma Street.

The barbecue, bread and drinks will be furnished. We need Oakhurst residents to provide salads, vegetables, casseroles and desserts. This year, we are going to try something different. We will open at 10am and will not close until 1am the next morning! We have found that “closing up” and then “opening” takes so much time that we only have a few minutes between shifts. Also, we have found that the officers sometimes come by when they are free, and that can be when we are closed!

Please make time to join us at the dinner hour (5-8pm). Bring a dish and visit with your neighbors and the police and firefighters.

We need neighborhood volunteers to give of their time as well as food, to help serve. As in past years, aprons will also be provided for the helpers to wear. That way, the police and firefighters will know who to ask for tea, coffee and another helping of dessert!

If you are unable to come on Thursday, October 16th, and wish to prepare a dish, you may take it the night before, or the early morning of October 16th to me, Phyllis Anglin, at 1908 Marigold (817.831.8958) and I will deliver the food to the church.

Remember to save the date – Thursday, October 16th. Everyone is welcome!

September 10, 2014

Reminder: ONA Meeting Thursday Night

Come on out Thursday evening, September 11, to hear Tom Galbreath present new information regarding the proposed development near Belknap Street and an associated plan to preserve the natural slope and bluff area along Oakhurst Scenic Drive.  Check out our previous post for background information on this zoning case.

Please take advantage of this final opportunity to have your questions answered prior to the City Council vote on Tuesday, September 16.  See you Thursday!

ONA Monthly Meeting
Thursday, September 11, 7pm
Calvary Christian Academy

September 9, 2014

I-35W Construction Update

The off-ramp from southbound I-35W to Northside Dr./Yucca Ave. will be temporarily closed beginning September 18 for approximately 3 months. As shown below, traffic will be redirected to exit at Pharr Street, where drivers will need to make a pair of left turns and use the northbound I-35W exit for Northside Dr./Yucca Ave.

September 8, 2014

Belknap and Oakhurst Scenic Zoning Change Update

As many of you know, a change in zoning to accommodate mixed-use development is being proposed to the south of our neighborhood, near Belknap Street and Oakhurst Scenic Drive.  The applicant proposes to rezone 14.48 acres from single-family, commercial, and industrial land to urban residential and mixed-use zoning.  In the words of the applicant:

The surrounding area is bounded by the Trinity River and Riverside Park to the west and is in close proximity to Sylvania Avenue and the Six Points Urban Village.  The proposed development has the opportunity to act as a gateway into downtown, due to its proximity to the river and direct access to downtown via Belknap Street and the trails.

The zoning case number is ZC-14-097.  Much more information is found in the ZC-14-097 Zoning Map Change Staff Report.

This case was originally scheduled for a vote before the Fort Worth City Council this week, but the applicant has agreed to a one-week continuance in order to provide local residents one more opportunity to hear from them firsthand.

Tom Galbreath will present the purpose of the MOU (included in the above-mentioned report) and how it will preserve the natural slope and bluff area on Oakhurst Scenic Drive at our ONA meeting this Thursday.  Please plan to attend, and bring your questions!

The City Council will now vote on this issue at their next meeting, on September 16 at 7pm.

Please note that Pre-Council and City Council meetings may be viewed live online at  Previous meetings are also recorded and available for viewing.

(Updated to confirm continuance of zoning case ZC-14-097 on 9/9/14.)

September 4, 2014

Health Alert: West Nile Virus

We received the following announcement from the City of Fort Worth Code Compliance department earlier today (9/4/14):

This afternoon we were informed by Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) there has been a confirmed West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample collected from Fire Station #19.

It’s extremely important that residents continue to reduce the mosquito population by removing mosquito habitats from your property and to remind your neighbors.

We want to remind you that the most effective means of protection, even more protective than spraying, is to stay focused on the reduction of the mosquito population:
  • Please check your yard for standing water in empty flower pots, pet bowls, toys, etc.
  • Maintain your swimming pool.
  • When you’re outdoors, remember to wear repellent that contains DEET
  • Wear clothing with long sleeves and pants when applicable.
  • Avoid being outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. 
Additional information is available on the City’s website:

September Oak Leaflet Now Online!

Check out this month's issue of The Oak Leaflet online!  This issue includes details on the upcoming I-35W construction, an editorial on Smokey Montgomery, Kathryn's President's Column, info on the upcoming Police & Firefighter Appreciation Dinner, Oakhurst Cycling Club news, and more.

Visit our Newsletter Archive to view or download your copy.

September 3, 2014

This Saturday: embRACE the STREET 2 and OCC Ride!

Come out and join your neighbors THIS SATURDAY in creating a vibrant, walkable street! Enjoy vendors, artists, music, food and much more! The event is family and pet friendly! See just what Race Street could be! Check out the RAD Facebook page ( and website ( for more details.

Oakhurst Cycling Club:  Ride to The RAD
Saturday, September 6, 1:00pm
Race Street

Join the Oakhurst Cycling Club and Riverside Riders at the 2nd Better Block for the Riverside Arts District. Games, Music, Food and Shopping, all streetside and easy riding distance from Oakhurst! Take Oakhurst Scenic down to Race Street or a short 1-mile jaunt down Sylvania. Tips for cycling safety are found at

September 2, 2014

I-35W Construction Information

The reconstruction on I-35W from I-820 to I-30 is referred to as "Segment 3A".

The mandatory scope schematics for the I35 reconstruction are posted at

Please note that the documents at that website reflect the original schematic design; they do not reflect the design changes that have been implemented and were recently presented to ONA.  A PDF copy of that presentation (showing the improvements to the design) is posted below.

TxDOT ONA Presentation

To stay up-to-date on road conditions, visit TxDOT's Drive Texas page:  You may also sign up for e-Alerts from North Tarrant Express: