Fort Worth is moving forward to buy land despite the coronavirus budget crunch

The city expects to close this month on a $610,000 deal to buy the 53-acre Broadcast Hill property adjacent to the Tandy Hill Natural Area in east Fort Worth. It is the first step in a broad plan to buy open space ahead of urban sprawl, with the goal of preserving the Texas landscape while helping to mitigate flooding.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, the city’s robust growth consumed 2,800 acres of Texas prairie a year for housing divisions, strip malls and warehouses. To lessen the effect on the environment, city planners in December pitched a partnership with the Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that advocates for public open space and helps cities develop park plans.

Read more from Luke Ranker with Fort Worth Star-Telegram here.