Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tube the Trinity?

In an article from August 2010 in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, writer Bill Hanna claims that a tubing industry may open up along the Trinity River as early as this coming summer in 2011. A provisional trial run was made and the guinea pigs who did the test run were more than enthused about the possibility of a tubing industry being set up on the Trinity.
"New Braunfels-based Rockin' R River Rides, which provided some mesh bags and other equipment for Thursday's(July 2010), will make a fact-finding trip next week to explore the viability of setting up tubing along the Trinity."
Keep in mind this article was from about a year ago, but the idea is a great possibility for the city of Fort Worth to create jobs. The tubing industry in the San Marcos/New Braunfels area has flourished and tons of tourists come every summer to float the river and have a great time. Why couldn't Fort Worth's Trinity serve as the same type of entertainment and revenue gainer? The first bump in the road is that people, at least in the Metroplex, view the Trinity as a dirty and polluted river not a prime float site. But if the popularity can exceed the assumptions we may see a major floating industry pop up in Fort Worth which can create a lot of revenue for the area. If tubing the Trinity takes off what effect would that have on the San Marcos/New Braunfels market?


6 comments:

  1. I think making the Trinity a floating river is a very smart idea. Althougth it is probably not the cleanest river, neither is the New Braunfels. The Trinity River would bring in a lot of revenue during the summer and spring time. I spend a lot of money traveling to New Braunfels to float down the river and would enjoy saving money to float in one more frequently.

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  2. I like the idea. If gives some businesses like Rock n River Rides and opportunity to expand their business. Plus it would help businesses in Fort Worth that are near the river. I only see it helping the economy and I see no down side to it. If it is not successful, it would cost Rock n River Rides some money, but if they are careful about testing it out first and not jumping in with a ton of equipment, they should be ok.

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  3. Taylor, keep in mind the rivers in New Braunfels are mostly spring fed and is not really a source for treated sewage to be fed into. The Trinity river is fed by Lake Benbrook I believe but is also the final endpoint for treated sewage in Fort Worth and surrounding areas.

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  4. Introducing the idea of tubing to the Trinity River is a great idea. This will give businesses around the area an opportunity to attract more customers and increase revenue, especially if they introduce products that will cater to the needs and wants of the tubers during the hot summer months. Although some may view the Trinity as "dirty", if the business does well, the incentive to keep the river clean will increase in order to keep attracting customers. Many people are constantly looking for fun things to do during the months of summer that will keep them from being consumed in the Texas heat. Tubing is a great idea and I could see this business attracting a lot of families and really picking up.

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  5. I think it is a great idea to start tubing at the Trinity river in Fort Worth. It would definitely help stimulate Fort Worth's economy with the creation of new jobs.In agreement with what Allie just said above, I also think it would help give Fort Worth an incentive to keep the river clean so that it would attract more people for tubing. During the spring and summer seasons, tubing would be especially popular, and I think the trinity river would attract lots of people because it is much closer to home for all the people living in the DFW area than New Braunfel's. Personally, I would definitely go check it out if the Trinity River started a tubing business. I love tubing and tons of other people do as well. If they set it to a reasonable price, I think it will do great and help out the economy a lot.

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  6. I think the idea of making the Trinity River a tubing river is excellent idea. Especially for the economy, because creating this tourist site will pump some extra money into the economy. Making the Trinity River tubing accessible is a Great idea for the city of Fort Worth. However making the Trinity river a popular site for locals and tourists maybe be troubling considering that many people around the metroplex think that the Trinity is a very dirty river that is filled with pollutants from around the city. The tubing company would benefit greatly because many people during the summer are looking for ways to beat the heat but still have fun outside and what better way to do that then float down the river. Not only will the tubing company benefit from consumers but near by food restaurants and other businesses will see an increase in demand from the tourist looking for a place to eat after a long day on the river.

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