Committee to recommend smoking ban in all city parks

Special to the PRESS

The Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee have been busy with preparations for the new City Park and planning for a future community center. The committee met Wednesday morning to continue work on current projects and to discuss plans for their next big event, the Fourth of July Parade. In addition, 4603 Gulf Boulevard was named May’s Yard of the Month.

Chairman Jody Hughes announced plans to make recommendations to the City Council which include a smoking and glass ban in all city parks as well as a recommendation for the new City Park to be named “John L. Tompkins Park.” They also requested that the hibiscus and palm in all varieties be named as the official City flower and tree.

In regards to the new park, a plan was submitted to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission during the application process for a $400,000 grant, which was approved. The committee intends to make some revisions as well as a wish list for the park in the future. At the City Council meeting, the city manager was approved to execute the grant agreement. Chairman Hughes said, “The biggest thing [the City] has asked us to do since day one is to make this park multi-generational.” After construction begins, city staff will do a quarterly report to comply with the grant stipulations.

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