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Texas Historical Commission

Abstract

The City of Fort Worth is proposing to construct storm drainage improvements along Zoo Creek in Tarrant County, Texas. The project area is located in the southern 10.5 acres of Forest Park in central Fort Worth. The parcel is bounded by Park Hill Drive (Dr) on the north, Sandage Avenue (Ave) on the west, McPherson Ave on the south, and McCart Ave on the east. South (S.) Forest Dr bisects the property. This project consists of the construction of a stormwater detention wall to help alleviate flooding in the area. There will be four main impact areas and portions of S. Forest Dr will be repaved. The deepest impacts will occur in the northern portion of the park where the detention wall will be built along the Park Hill Dr Bridge. The second impact area will be for the new sanitary sewer being rerouted along McCart Ave. The third is the replacement of a low water crossing culvert on S. Forest Dr near the central part of the parcel. The final impact will be for a stormwater outfall on Zoo Creek to be constructed on the south end of the park where the creek intersects McPherson Ave. A 30-meter area around all four impact areas was surveyed for a total of 1.72 acres. The purpose of this investigation was to determine if significant cultural resources are present in the proposed impact areas as part of the Section 106 process. The area had potential for both historic and prehistoric resources. Ten negative shovel tests were excavated throughout the survey areas. Two historic-age resources were recorded as archaeological sites and evaluated by an architectural historian. Site 41TR306 is a historic culvert on S. Forest Dr. This culvert will be replaced and is not recommended eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or as a State Antiquities Landmark. Site 41TR307, is a park shelter over 50 meters outside the culvert’s direct impact area. The structure will not be impacted, but is recommended as eligible. No other cultural resources were identified on or below the surface during the survey. Based on the results of the survey, AR Consultants, Inc. concludes that further cultural resource investigations for this project are unwarranted, and requests that the Texas Historical Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concur with this recommendation. However, if buried cultural materials are discovered during construction, both agencies should be notified. Work should not resume until all coordination with agencies is completed. The project will be curated with the Center for Archaeological Studies at Texas State University.

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