What started as an annual celebration on the banks of the Trinity River has turned into a Fort Worth commodity that benefits the community year-round.
1949 - The A devastating flood in Fort Worth led to the construction of engineered levees in the Trinity River to prevent another occurrence. The Trinity River was transformed into degenerating, unsightly ditches and became a waste receptacle for trash, tires and chemicals.
1967 - Phyllis Tilley, chairman of the Junior League Project Research Committee, recommended looking for a way to clean up and revitalize the Trinity River. Her efforts prompted the development of the Trinity River Project.
May 1969 - Fort Worth City Council appointed the Streams & Valleys Committee. Over the next two years, through the efforts of this committee, in cooperation with the City of Fort Worth and the Tarrant Regional Water District, water began to flow again, over 1,000 trees were planted and the first mile of trail was constructed through Trinity Park.
May 1973 - The first Mayfest festival was a celebration of all the hard work and dedication that went into transforming the Trinity River and surrounding parks into beautiful city assets.
September 1987 - Mayfest, Inc. was incoporated as a non-profit organization. The mission of Mayfest, Inc. was to raise and contribute funds for the Trinity River, surrounding parks and community programs. The mission was accomplished solely through the production of the Mayfest festival.
October 2019 - Mayfest, Inc. expanded its operations to include a second event, Taste of Clearfork.
August 2020 - As Mayfest, Inc. continued to grow and evolve, the organization's name was changed to Trinity Collaborative, Inc. The rebranding strategy reflected the expansive operations of the organization to produce other events and programs in addition to the annual Mayfest festival.
TRINITY COLLABORATIVE, INC.
The Trinity Collaborative, Inc. Board of Directors consists of community leaders and representatives from the four founding organizations: The Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., the City of Fort Worth Park and Recreation Department, Streams & Valleys, Inc. and Tarrant Regional Water District. Along with the Board of Directors, the Trinity Collaborative, Inc. Executive Director oversees the operation of the corporation, the staff and volunteers who implement the events and programs.
PROFITS FROM TRINITY COLLABORATIVE, INC., WHICH EXCEED $7.5 MILLION, HAVE BEEN RETURNED TO THE COMMUNITY.
With the cooperative effort and shared commitment to the community, Trinity Collaborative, Inc. will continue to increase the awareness of the parks and river, and enhance the quality of life in the Fort Worth community for years to come.
For more information, visit the Trinity Collaborative website at www.TrinityCollab.org.