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Certain parts of Trinity Trail detoured through May 10

Posted April 26, 2017

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The Trinity Park trial loop allows users to continue to enjoy the park's amenities before, during and after Mayfest.

Mayfest is coming May 4-7, and to prepare for the big springtime celebration, certain parts of Trinity Park will be closed to the public through May 10.

During the closures, which are necessary for Mayfest setup and tear-down, the Trinity Park loop trail provides a detour connecting the north and south ends of the closure. The loop trail ensures that trail users can continue to enjoy the trails while this portion of the park is closed.

Mayfest has returned more than $7.1 million to the Fort Worth community in support of city parks, Trinity River recreational development and community projects over the event’s 45-year history.

In 2016, Mayfest granted funds to:

  • Construct two permanent portable toilet enclosures in Trinity Park.
  • Create a master plan for essential elements of the Phyllis J. Tilley Memorial Bridge and the creation of monument signage.
  • Underwrite the Junior League of Fort Worth’s Kids in the Kitchen program in area schools to promote healthy lifestyle choices and the Pancake Breakfast with Cook Children’s Hospital.

FAQ about Mayfest and Trinity Park

How long is Trinity Park closed for Mayfest?

Historically, Trinity Park has closed for 17 days for setup, four days for the festival and three days for cleanup.

Why does it take 17 days to set up?

Mayfest is held in Trinity Park, where there is no permanent infrastructure. Mayfest must provide a safe environment for its 200,000 patrons who will visit during the four-day festival. Mayfest brings in and installs trailers, booths, portable toilets, bleachers and tents. To pass city code inspections and to ensure a safe environment, Mayfest must install extensive electrical and plumbing that will support all 100-plus vendors, seven stages and trailers. The 17-day setup period also allows for the possibility of inclement weather that may cause delays and pose a threat to the safety of those setting up the festival. Contractors and vendors are prohibited from setting up during rain or other weather that may threaten their safety.

Why does closing Trinity Park include closing part of Trinity Trails?

Safety is the highest concern for Mayfest. Parts of Trinity Trails are used during the festival for retriever dog demonstrations and paddleboat rides in the Trinity River, so they must be accessible during setup. Heavy equipment is used to set up and transfer parts of the infrastructure. The perimeter of the trails and park are fenced to ensure the safety of trail users.

How does Mayfest benefit trail users?

The mission of Mayfest is to raise funds for community nonprofit programs and for continued improvement and awareness of the Trinity River and surrounding parks. Proceeds raised from the festival are given back to the three founding organizations: the Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department, Junior League of Fort Worth Inc. and Streams & Valleys Inc.

To learn more, contact the Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department at 817-392-5700 or Mayfest at 817-332-1055.

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