Canada East Chapter

December 26 2012

SOUTHWEST: Fort Worth

Ali Gramaglia

City of cowboys, culture, and conventions

Where can a group watch cowboys drive a herd of 15 longhorn cattle down the middle of a city street in the same ZIP code as the country’s second-largest modern art museum? Fort Worth, which is earning Texas-sized accolades for its arts and culture scene just as it has for its legendary barbecue and cattle drives. The city is also being reshaped by a number of downtown revitalization projects, giving it a new energy and additional infrastructure for meetings and conventions.

Voted one of “America’s Most Livable Communities” by Partners for Livable Communities, Fort Worth is made up of multiple closely connected districts, each with its own distinct personality. North of the museum-packed Cultural District, visitors will find the preserved Western heritage of the Stockyards National Historic District. And the rich architecture of Sundance Square is in one of the nation’s most safe and walkable downtowns, anchored by the Fort Worth Convention Center and more than 2,300 hotel rooms. Nearby, the emerging West 7th District is teeming with up-and-coming restaurants, nightlife, and shopping. The Trinity River Vision expansion project, currently under way, will connect all of these neighborhoods directly to the Trinity River via more than 12 miles of canals and walkways lined with cafés, restaurants, and nightlife.

A herd of new attractions and developments has come to Fort Worth this year. The new JFK Tribute, a memorial that broke ground in February, will commemorate where the president delivered his last public speech. The Will Rogers Memorial Center, already comprised of the Will Rogers Coliseum, Auditorium, Equestrian Center, and Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Building, has just added the $32-million Equestrian Multi- Purpose Building. And culinary connoisseurs must be sure to make a pit stop at one of the city’s popular gourmet food-truck parks - Fort Worth Food Park and Cowtown Chowdown.

At a Glance

Meeting and convention facilities
• The Fort Worth Convention Center includes 253,226 square feet of exhibit space, a 13,500- seat arena, and much more.

Hotel rooms citywide
• More than 13,000

Hotel rooms downtown
• More than 2,300

For more information: Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau - John Cychol, FCDME, CTA, Vice President of Meeting Sales; (817) 698-7826 or (800) 433- 5747; JohnCychol@FortWorth.com; fortworth.com

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