In 2012, El Paso voters approved $470 million worth of improvements to parks, libraries, museums, the zoo, and downtown. In February 2013, City Council approved a plan guiding the first three years of activity on projects funded by the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds.
Radford Park: City Council approved spending $611,570.72 to construct a multipurpose sport court, playground equipment, swing set, lighting, landscaping, and irrigation system using reclaimed water at Radford Park in Central El Paso.. Newly constructed amenities will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Construction is expected to be completed by summer of 2014.
Barron Park: Council also approved spending $932,429.50 for construction playgrounds, athletic fields, basketball courts, and ADA-compliant walkways at Barron Park in Northeast El Paso. Other amenities in the six-acre park will include shade canopies,turf, landscaping, and an irrigation system. Construction is expected to be completed by summer of 2014.
Magoffin Pocket Park: Construction continues on an urban green oasis in the Magoffin Historic District. El Paso City Council approved spending $148,363.81 on the construction of a 4,375 square-foot pocket park at Myrtle Avenue and Octavia Street in the Magoffin Historic District. The park will include a gazebo and green space.
Cheryl Ladd Park: City Council approved the use of $1.67 million dollars from the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds to begin construction of Cheryl Ladd Park on the Eastside. The lot where the park will be constructed was once used as an unofficial medical waste dump site. Some of the features include new playground areas, athletic fields that will incorporate a sand volleyball court, a basketball court, as well as exercise equipment, a pet waste station, tables and benches. Bike racks, new landscaping, trees, and shrubs will also be included. Construction is scheduled to conclude in Spring of 2014.
Pedestrian Pathway: The project that will provide connectivity between the Union Plaza, Arts Festival Plaza, the Judson Williams Convention Center, Main Street, And Sheldon Court will begin construction on late October. Construction will be divided into phases and some of the features that will be added include the installation of shade structures, street furnishings, public art, and expansion of sidewalks, among others.
San Jacinto Plaza: Phase I that includes a 10-foot expansion of the sidewalk along with new curb and gutter will conclude continues. Phase II which includes exciting amenities like a splash pad, tree-line promenades, and improved walkways will commence in early 2014. Luis Jimenez’s “Los Lagartos” sculpture has been removed and currently being restored at the McKay Lodge Conservation Laboratory in Oberlin, Ohio, where will remain until the renovation of the plaza concludes in 2015. Upon completion, the sculpture will once again occupy its location as the focal point of San Jacinto Plaza.
Yucca Park: Construction has begun on the 1.65 acre expansion of Yucca Park on the Lower Valley. Features that will be added include pathways, a shade ramada, chess tables, and it is expected to conclude by February 2014.
Northeast Regional Park: The proposed parking lot is now complete and construction of the soon-to-be skate park has begun. Features of the park will include benches with shade canopies, trash receptacles, sports lighting, a snake run, a skate park cradle, a flat trail, among others. Construction is expected to conclude by March 2014.
The City of El Paso’s Engineering and Construction Management Department will oversee the construction of those projects – nearly 70 in just the first three years! We’ll do so by collaborating with subject matter experts, elected officials, the Bond Overview Advisory Committee, and – most importantly – you. We truly are Building Tomorrow Together!
For the current report of Parks Projects, click here.