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Plenty of low-cost options to ensure Botanic Garden remains accessible to everyone

Posted Nov. 9, 2018

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The Botanic gates
Several efforts are under study to make sure the gates of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden remain open to everyone.

The City Council is scheduled to vote at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 on a proposed fee schedule for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. In addition, numerous options have been recommended that will continue to make the gardens accessible to all residents.

A task force has recommended a general admission fee for the Fort Worth Botanic Garden that would help improve the visitor experience at the 85-year-old garden. The task force, made up of Fort Worth residents and stakeholders, recommended charging $12 for adult admission, $6 for children 6-15 and $10 for senior citizens; children under 6 would be free. These admission fees would replace the fee currently being charged for the Japanese Garden and the Conservatory. If approved, the fees would go into effect in the summer of 2019.

The task force also recommended a number of programs that would help ensure the popular amenity remains available to all:

  • Lone Star Card discounts (SNAP/WIC Card). Discounted annual family membership would cost $30, or $2.50 per month. Includes reciprocal admission to other gardens. The Museums4All program allows family visits for $1 admission per adult member; children under 18 enter for free.
  • MusePass. Free family passes available in Fort Worth Public Library branches, including the option to check them out electronically.
  • Sponsored field trips. Sponsored third-grade field trips for FWISD schools. One free family pass would be included per student.
  • Blue Star Program. Free admission to families of active military members Memorial Day through Labor Day.
  • Community-based free family passes. Free family admission vouchers would be distributed to locations that specialize in meeting the needs of underserved populations. This program has been highly successful at the Fort Worth Zoo.

View a video and learn more about ongoing efforts to improve the garden.

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