Report: Fort Worth Botanic Garden Considering Admission Fee

Andrew Greenstein
April 10, 2018 - 9:39 am
Fort Worth Botanic Garden

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FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is the last free city attraction -- but that could soon go by the wayside. It is now exploring the possibility of imposing an admission fee.

"The garden has about a $1.2-million annual shortfall just in operating," says Bob Byers, Fort Worth Botanic Garden director.

On top of that, it needs millions of dollars in repairs and upgrades. "It's just shy of $16-million that needs to be repaired and replaced in the garden in terms of equipment and facility," Byers says.

The admission fee and the timeline for implementing that have not been determined at this time.

Byers says the garden looked at what would happen if, for example, the admission fee was $12 for adults, $9 for seniors and $8 for children.

"If we were to impose that fee right now, we're looking at essentially 15 years to get the garden back to the point where it's whole and we can move forward."

Because the garden is a city-owned facility, the city council will ultimately make the final decision.