Palo Pinto Mountains State Park. | Photo by Texas Parks & Wildlife
For the first time in 25 years, a new state park is set to open in North Texas. The Palo Pinto Mountains State Park — located about 75 miles west of Fort Worth — will open at the end of the year in coordination with the centennial celebration of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).
As part of the 100th anniversary, the TPWD is hosting a series of events including ranger-guided walks and hikes across 89 state parks.
We thought we’d take part in our own celebration by highlighting the state parks around North Texas, starting with the newest addition in Palo Pinto.
Palo Pinto Mountains State Park 🍃
Known as the “hill country of the north,” the park will sit on 5,000 acres of land with several 1,400-ft peaks, the 90-acre Tucker Lake, and two creeks. There will also be 18 miles of hiking, biking, and horse riding trails, along with four campgrounds.
Bennett Partners will work on design elements for the visitor center, playscape, equestrian campground, and camping loop. According to TPWD, the buildings will be light on the land and blend in with the pristine forests of live oaks, post oaks, and pecan trees.
Private funds raised by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation and Field & Future by H-E-B will be leveraged with $21 million in public funds to construct the roads, utilities, buildings, and other facilities necessary to open the park.
Fundraising is still underway, and officials are hoping for a soft opening by late 2023.
Vivanterre Wine Tasting | Wednesday, Feb. 8 | 6-8 p.m. | Winehaus, 1628 Park Place Ave., Fort Worth | Cost of purchase | Learn about the process of making natural wine using organic and biodynamically-farmed grapes.
Thursday, Feb. 9
Landscape Basics Design Seminar | Thursday, Feb. 9 | 6-8 p.m. | BRIT, 1700 University Dr., Fort Worth | Free | Tune in online or in-person to learn how to pick the right place for your garden and how to reduce maintenance needs and water use.
Friday, Feb. 10
Valentine’s Day Bubbles & Bows | Friday, Feb. 10 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Kimpton Harper, 714 Main St., Fort Worth | $100 | Celebrate Valentine’s with your best gal pal and learn how to wrap a bottle of champagne while sipping and tasting bubbles at Refinery 714.
Saturday, Feb. 11
Yoga and Cocktails | Saturday, Feb. 11 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | TX Whiskey Ranch, 2601 Whiskey Ranch Rd., Fort Worth | $15 | Instructor Angela Hall will lead the group through a yoga flow followed by a complimentary cocktail in The Tavern.
Sunday, Feb. 12
Big Game Ride | Sunday, Feb. 12 | 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Trek Bicycle Arlington South, 5739 Southwest Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington | Free | Join hundreds of cyclists for a 60-mile bike ride to and from Klyde Warren Park in Dallas — food trucks will be on-site as well as a Trek hospitality tent with water and snacks.
Tuesday, March 28
“Annie” | Tuesday, March 28-Sunday, April 2 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth | $44-$126 | Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theater-goers that sunshine is always right around the corner — revisit it for yourself in this upcoming production.*
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Disabled American Veterans and Recruit Military are hosting a Veterans Job Fair at AT&T Stadium on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees should create a profile and upload a resume before the event. Use this map for parking and entry details. 💼
Oscar’s Pub 2nd Annual Chili Cook Off is back on Saturday, March 11with celebrity judges, craft beer, and adoptable pets from Saving Hope. Tickets are available for $20 and interested chefs can sign up for $60. Proceeds will benefit Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth. 🥣
Taqueria Acapulco on North Main Street is moving west to Willow Park. The taqueria will share a spaceand a menu with Hot Chicks Chickenwhile highlighting specialty items like Hot Chick’s classic Nashville-style hot chicken and Acapulco’s traditional Mexican tacos. It’s expected to openMonday, March 20. 🌮 (CultureMap Fort Worth)
Let them eat(king)cake — or, shall we say beer? Martin House Brewing Company released a new brew this week called King of King’s Cake in celebration of Mardi Gras. The imperial blonde has notes of buttercream and frosting with 10% ABV. Find the brew near you. 🍺
Fort Worth apparently has the dough — a survey by LawnStarterranked Cowtown No. 23 for best pizza in the US. The poll took into account access, quality, accolades, popularity, and affordability. What local pizza joint do you think serves up the best slice? Share the sauce with us. 🍕
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Editor’s pick: During my Girl Scout cookie research, I went down a rabbit hole trying to figure out why Girl Scout cookies have different names and appearances based on the region.
Turns out, there are two different cookie recipes circulating right here in DFW. According to a LA Times report, most of North Texas sources from Little Brownie Bakers and Fort Worth sources from ABC Bakers.
The most notable difference?Lemonades vs. Savannah Smiles. The Savannah’s feature a shortbread base with lemon icing while Lemonades are smaller, crisper, and dusted with powdered sugar.
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