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Fort Worth District officials release listing of open and closed recreation areas in the region

Fort Worth District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives, in preparation of the Memorial Day weekend have released a comprehensive list of open and closed recreation areas throughout their region of responsibility. The District is responsible for 25 Lake Projects in Texas. Most of those lakes are still recovering from the impacts of the floods in 2015 and recent high water events.

The following list, by region outlines current open and closed recreational areas. All dates are subject to change. Contact the lake office or visit the Fort Worth District website at http://www.swf.usace.army.mil/About/LakesandRecreationInformation.aspx for information regarding a specific area.

  • Three Rivers Region
    • Aquilla Lake – all facilities open
    • Hords Creek Lake
      • Swim beaches are closed
      • Boat Ramps in Lakeside Park are closed
      • Flatrock Park is closed
    • Navarro Mills Lake
      • Oak Park
        • Boat ramp opens May 27
        • 12 campsites closed
        • Playground, swim beach, group shelter and courtesy dock closed
      • Liberty Hill
        • 1 boat ramp open
        • 3 campsites closed
        • Fishing pier, swim beach and courtesy docks closed
      • Wolf Creek
        • 37 campsites and 3 restrooms closed
        • Group shelter closed
        • Boat ramp and courtesy dock opens May 27
      • Pecan Point – closed
      • Oak Park Day Use – closed
      • Brushie Prairie opens May 27
    • Proctor Lake
      • All parks closed until late June
    • Waco Lake
      • Airport Park – closed (boat ramp opens May 26)
      • Opens July 1
      • Bosque Park – open
      • Dam Hike and Bike Access – open
      • Flat Rock – closed
      • Opens July 1
      • Reynolds Creek – closed
      • Opens July 1
      • Lacy Point – closed
      • Speegleville Park
      • Campground and boat ramp re-open May 26
      • Twin Bridges Park – closed (boat ramp opens May 26)
      • Midway Park
      • Campground and boat ramp re-open May 26
      • Koehne Park
      • Boat ramp re-opens May 26
    • Whitney Lake
      • Soldiers Bluff – partial closure
      • McCown
      • Boat ramp open
      • Campground and Day Use opens June 20
      • Riverside East – closed
      • Riverside West – open
      • Steele Creek Park – open
      • Cedar Creek Park – open
      • Wailing Bend – Camping loop and boat ramp open; Cliff Side closed
      • Lofers Day Use – boat ramp opens May 25
      • Lofers Campgrounds – open June 20
      • Kimball Bend – closed
      • Plowman Creek – closed
  • Piney Woods Region
    • Wright Patman Lake
      • All campgrounds closed (partial opening for July 4)
      • Oak Park, Spillway Park and boat ramp at Piney Point are open
      • Swim beaches closed for summer season
    • Lake O’ the Pines
      • Brushy Creek Campground – closed
      • Alley Creek, Buckhorn Creek and Johnson Creek Campgrounds – partial closure
    • Sam Rayburn Lake
      • Hanks Creek Park – closed
      • Mill Creek, Rayburn Park, Twin Dikes and Ebenezer Campgrounds – partial closure
    • Jim Chapman – no closures
    • Town Bluff – no closures
  • Capital Region
    • Canyon Lake
      • Potter’s Creek – 1 camping loop open
      • All other parks are open
    • Somerville Lake
      • Rocky Creek Park – closed
      • Yegua Creek Park – 62 campsites and 1 boat ramp open
    • Belton
      • All courtesy docks closed
      • Sparta Valley, Winkler, Rogers, McGregor and Owl Creek Horseshoe Bed Parks are closed
      • Live Oak Park – boat ramp is closed
      • Westcliff Park – beach, all tent sites and campsites 1-20 are closed
    • Stillhouse
      • All courtesy docks closed
      • Stillhouse Park – beach is closed
      • Union Grove Park – beach and campsites 4-7 and 31-37 are closed
      • Dana Peak Park – beach and campsites 1-7, 13-25 and all tent sites are closed
    • Georgetown
      • All courtesy docks closed
    • Granger
      • All courtesy docks closed
      • Wilson H. Fox Park – beach is closed
      • Friendship Park – beach is closed
  • Trinity Region
    • Bardwell
      • High View Park – partial closure; all swim beaches closed; 75 percent of facilities available
      • Love Park – open
      • Mott Park – partial closure; 75 percent of facilities available
      • Waxahachie Creek Park – partial closure; 50 percent of facilities available
    • Benbrook
      • Rocky Creek – closed; working to open small percentage of facilities for July 4; targeting Labor Day for full open
      • Bear Creek – partial closure; 50 percent of facilities available; targeting Labor Day for full open
      • Mustang Park – closed; fully open by Labor Day
      • North Holiday – partial closure; 50 percent of facilities available; targeting Labor Day for full open
      • South Holiday – partial closure; 80 percent of facilities available; targeting Labor Day for full open
    • Grapevine
      • Murrell Park – partial closure; 75 percent of facilities expected to be available for Memorial Day; trails re-open June 13; High Water Boat Ramp is open
    • Lavon
      • Avalon Park – closed
      • East Fork Park – Day Use closed; Camping is open
      • Brockdale Park – open
      • Bratonia Park – open
      • Highland Park – open
      • Clear Lake Park – partial closure; 50 percent of facilities available; camping and main boat ramp are open; Day Use area and North Boat Ramp are closed
      • Tickey Creek – boat ramp is open
      • Twin Groves – open
      • Caddo – closed
      • Elm Creek – open
      • Lakeland – closed
      • Pebble Beach – closed; targeting Labor Day for full open
      • Little Ridge – closed; boat ramp scheduled to open for Memorial Day; remaining facilities scheduled to be available July 4
      • Lavonia – open; courtesy dock not available
    • Lewisville
      • Hickory Creek – open
      • Westlake/Oakland – Westlake Day Use is open; Oakland Day Use is closed with target of July 4 to reopen
      • Big Sandy Access – open
      • Doe Branch Access – open

The Corps of Engineers is concerned for public safety, and urges boaters to wear life jackets and use caution while navigating. Flood waters have created unfamiliar boating conditions and increased flows into the reservoir have flushed a large amount of debris into the main body of water. Boaters are reminded to CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY YOUR BOAT, TRAILER AND GEAR! Please avoid or minimize boat travel through any mats of vegetation to limit the spread of invasive species, more information is available at http://www.texasinvasives.org/.


Diversity in the workplace

Fort Worth District equal employment office manager, Vidal Gray reviews the results of the BOXi and prepares the report for the Fort Worth District commander, Col. Calvin C. Hudson, II.
Fort Worth District equal employment office manager, Vidal Gray reviews the results of the BOXi and prepares the report for the Fort Worth District commander, Col. Calvin C. Hudson, II. (USACE photo by Randy Cephus)

An increase in interactions among people from various cultures and backgrounds is a direct result of the global market. Therefore private businesses and organizations are becoming more diversified in their hiring actions to remain competitive.

This attitude, or paradigm shift is valid for federal organizations as well. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, with offices throughout the continental U.S. and abroad in support of world-wide contingency operations is no exception.

Diversity can be defined as acknowledging, understanding, accepting, and valuing differences among people with respect to age, class, race, ethnicity, gender and disabilities. The federal government is required to “endeavor to achieve a workforce from all segments of society,” according to its recruitment policies.

The district’s Equal Employment Opportunity office uses data from Business Objects Reporting and Administrative Tools, or BOXi, to create a Management Directive 715, Self-Assessment Checklist. The checklist forms the groundwork for a model EEO program focusing on six essential elements and helps the commander manage diversity and other components within his EEO program.

These elements include demonstrated commitment from agency leadership, integration of EEO into the agency’s strategic mission, management and program accountability, proactive prevention of unlawful discrimination, efficiency and responsiveness to legal compliance.

“Managing diversity is a significant organizational challenge. Leaders and supervisors must recognize the ways in which the workplace is changing and adjust our managerial styles to accommodate a multicultural workforce,” said Fort Worth District commander, Col. Calvin Hudson, II.

Taking full advantage of the benefits of diversity in the workplace is not without its challenges, however. There are always employees who will refuse to accept the fact that the social and cultural makeup of their workplace is changing.

“A lack of diversity in the workplace can lead to complacency, stagnation and decreased productivity,” said Fort Worth District equal employment opportunity manager, Vidal Gray.

There are several key staff organizations that are part of the team to promote diversity at the Fort Worth District. They include the EEO office, the Human Resource Human Capital Committee, the STEM champion and senior leaders within the district.

“By focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs in underrepresented areas and leveraging recruiting efforts in places where certain underrepresented populations receive their degrees will help bring more diversity to the workforce in the future,” said Hudson.

Gray encourages leaders to involve all staff members when formulating and executing initiatives in the workplace. His desire is to have senior leaders foster an attitude of inclusion where employees from various backgrounds are encouraged to express their ideas and opinions.

“We must get out of the mindset of only considering people who look, act and think like us,” Gray said.

According to Gray, a lack of diversity can also unintentionally create a hostile environment for those in the age, class, race, ethnicity, gender or disabilities minority. Therefore, leaders must strive to make the workplaces more inclusive.

“Always keep an open mind and understand your own biases when making decisions on things such as hiring actions,” said Gray.

Leaders should implement policies such as mentoring programs to provide staff members access to information and opportunities. They should also promote diversity in leadership positions as this provides visibility to junior staff members of underrepresented groups that there are opportunities for inclusion and upward mobility within the organization.

“The old way of doing things is not always the best way,” concluded Gray. “We need to look at the different perspectives people from diverse backgrounds bring to the table.”