Streams and Valleys kicks off its 40th anniversary year on Feb. 13

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Streams and Valleys, a nonprofit caretaker of the Trinity River, has a variety of events planned in 2011, including the trail run at Eagle Mountain Park in February.

“The trail run at Eagle Mountain Park is a unique five mile race,” Adelaide Leavens, executive director of Streams and Valleys, said. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 13.    

“There will be a post-race pancake breakfast,” Leavens said, “provided by Boy Scout Troop 720, along with campfires and coffee for before and after-race warmth.” Awards to top finishers are hand-painted rocks by local Fort Worth artists, so winners will definitely have bragging rights until next year. The registration fee is $25 before race day and $30 on race day; see www.streamsandvalleys.org to register online.
 
Also part of the year’s festivities and fundraising will be free bike parking for the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in May, Fort Worth’s Fourth in July, a Trinity perspectives photography exhibit in September, and the opening of the Phyllis Tilley pedestrian bridge when it it completed at the end of the year.
 
“The free bike parking at Colonial is shaded and saves the $60 you would pay for car parking at Colonial,” Leavens said. “The Crowne Plaza donates $10 to Streams and Valleys for every bike parked, so you are doing something good for the Trinity River, too.”
 
The bike parking happens May 21st and 22nd during the Crowne Plaza invitational at Colonial.
 
Fort Worth’s Fourth is an event behind LaGrave field held on the fourth of July from 4:30pm till the fireworks end. It will feature live music, a Fort Worth Cats game, jet ski shows, and more. A variety of food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bring your friends and family so we can have an even bigger turnout than last year.
 
Beginning in September, there will be a photography exhibit featuring past and present perspectives of the Trinity River. Recent photos taken by professional photographers will contrast past photos sourced from the University of Texas at Arlington archives and illustrate the changes facilitated by Streams and Valleys. The exhibit will be located at the new Botanical Research Institute of Texas building on University Drive in Fort Worth. 
 
The dedication of the Phyllis Tilley Memorial Bridge will complete Streams and Valley’s 40th anniversary year. The bridge is a pedestrian crossing of the Trinity River connecting Forrest Park and Fifth Street. The bridge is a stressed ribbon bridge and is the first of its kind in the United States. Streams and Valleys have committed $200,000 towards the completion of the bridge which is expected at the end of summer 2011.
 
Streams and Valleys is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the beauty of the Trinity River for both residents and visitors of Fort Worth. For more information please visit our website at www.streamsandvalleys.org

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