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.
TouchCity Digital Wall
El Pasoans and visitors will soon have a larger-than-life portal to share our unique history with other cities around the world while learning about the distinctive stories of other cities. El Paso’s 36-foot by 5-foot TouchCity Digital Wall will be the first of its kind built in the United States. It will allow users to interact with crowd-sourced images, stories, and audio in a curated worldwide conversation. Completion of construction is expected by the end of 2014.
Construction is underway on 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.
This project will provide connectivity between the Union Plaza, Arts Festival Plaza, the Judson Williams Convention Center, Main Street, Sheldon Court, and the Durano Street Bridge. 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.
On February 11, 2014, El Paso City Council awarded a contract to Musco Sports Lighting, LLC, of Muscatine, Iowa, to add sport field lighting at Blackie Chesher Park. Under the contract, the lighting installed must use significantly less energy and produce less light pollution than existing lights. The $587,900 price tag will be paid for by the 2012 Quality of Life Bond.
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.
Aquatics Business Plan
As part of the development of a comprehensive business plan for aquatics facilities, the City of El Paso’s Parks and Recreation Department is seeking feedback from stakeholders to identify and document the current, desired, and potential aquatics programs that the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Projects can support. For more information, call (915) 544-3556.
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!