City park plans move forward

Special to the PRESS

After the news of last week’s $100,000 contribution from the SPI Economic Development Corporation (EDC) towards funding a skate park at the Island’s new city park, the Parks, Recreation, and Beautification Committee jumped right into further planning. The committee held their regular meeting for the month in addition to a special workshop Thursday evening to work out details for phase two of the John L. Tompkins Park.

Phase one of the new City Park is underway and expected to be complete by July. The first phase consists of site preparation in addition to a restroom, pump house, basketball court and two playgrounds for younger and older children.

For the first phase, the City was awarded a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) in the amount of $400,000, and intends to reapply for the grant, which has increased to half a million available, for phase two. Plans for phase two include a track with exercise benches, lighting, landscaping and irrigation. The skate park is expected to be dropped in between phases and can serve as matching funds for the grant.

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