By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The SPI Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee met last week for their regular monthly meeting.
The committee talked with Keep SPI Beautiful (KSPIB) Chairwoman Susan Dalton about the Butterfly Garden and working with KSPIB on improvements. KSPIB has recently been rejuvenated by the spirit of working together with a number of likeminded groups. Dalton said, “We’re all here to do the same thing to make our island beautiful and to bring good solid tourism to the Island.” The Butterfly Park has historically fallen under the KSPIB committee who has no budget and works only with volunteers and donations. Recently, for Arbor Day, Spawglass Construction donated two healthy sea hibiscus trees to the garden, but it remains in need of additional plants and structures. Committee member Eleana Jones pointed out that they should not only do little projects but should do something meaningful that will make an impact. The Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee agreed that their remaining funds for the year in the amount of $5,000 would be given towards improvements on the Butterfly Garden in the form of plantings, irrigation, and a storage shed.
The meeting began with updates on the SPI City Park and Community Center Projects. Currently, the park is awaiting approval from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) to begin construction on the project. The project was previously “shovel-ready,” but with the $400,000 in grant funds awarded, the City is required to follow TPWD procedure. After approval, the City will advertise for bids on the project — which will be at least a six week period — and will then begin construction on phase one. City staff plan to reapply for the grant for phase two. The Community Center is also in the works as the City Council approved bids for the project at their last meeting.
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