Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

Parks Development Updates Issue #3

Construction has continued around town and many projects are coming along quite nicely. As the Parks and Recreation Department has met with community members, new projects have been added to enhance various features around the city. Check out all of our ongoing projects below for the latest updates.

Play for All Abilities Park
Status:
  Under Construction
Est. Completion:  December 2011
Park Amenities:  park for children and adults of all abilities, including Large Playscape Pod, Retreat Pod, Rock Band Pod, Sensory Pod, Swing Area, and Village Pod.  Each pod was designed specifically with children with disabilities in mind to ensure the pods offered valuable developmental, social, and recreation opportunities for children of all abilities.

Current Project Progress:
Water and wastewater utilities installed (Thank you Public Works!)
Overhead electric line and service starting construction
Site work contractor to start in 1-2 weeks

Main Street Plaza (221 East Main Street next to City Hall)
Status:  Under Construction
Est. Completion:  September (Grand Opening Celebration October 1st)
Park Amenities:  interactive water feature, art screens (along Nelson Hardware Building), stage, shade structure, seatwalls, active light system, concrete plaza, landscape areas

Current Project Progress:
Shade structure concrete piers installed (25’ deep)
Interactive fountain piping and storage tank installed
90% of masonry complete (seatwalls, signs, stage)
Electrical conduit (6,000 linear feet of conduit in ground) and panels installed)
All utilities installed
Starting concrete flatwork

Municipal Office Complex (MOC) Plaza (Located behind the Baca Center and the McConico building)
Status:  Under Design
Est. Completion:  Design – November 2011
Construction – March/April 2012
Park Amenities:  Concrete plaza, performance lawn, areas designed for street festivals, “pillars of the community”, secondary performance stage/shade structure, amphitheater overlook/bat viewing area, improvements to amphitheater, electrical system for street festivals, landscape areas, Brown/Florence Street Improvements, MOC parking lot improvements

Current Project Progress:
90% plans under review
TCEQ WPAP revision to be submitted in August, 3-4 month review time

Settlement Park
Status:
  Under Construction
Est. Completion:  October 2011
Park Amenities:  renovation of playground, concrete trail, retaining wall, wood privacy fence, shade structure, pond aerator, ADA accessibility improvements, trees
 
Current Project Progress:
Demo of existing amenities complete
First section of trail installed
Fence replacement underway
Playground area grading complete

Rabb Park / Brushy Creek Trail Restroom Building
Status:
  Bid and Award
Est. Completion:  December 2011
Park Amenities:  Building with 3 unisex accessible restrooms

Current Project Progress:
Design complete
Bid project in August

Old Settlers Park Triple Crown Restroom Building
Status:
  Under Design
Est. Completion:  Design – October 2011
Construction – January 2012
Park Amenities:  4-6 stall restroom building, site utilities and sidewalks

Current Project Progress:
Architects agreement to be awarded August 5th

Memorial Park Bridge Repair
Status:
  Bid and Award
Est. Completion:  November 2011
Park Amenities:  repair 100’ pedestrian bridge crossing Brushy Creek that was damaged in September 2010 flood

Current Project Progress:
Bid opening on August 9th
Construction to begin late September

Rock Hollow Park
Status:
  Bid and Award
Est. Completion:  December 2011
Park Amenities:  ½ mile of concrete trail replacing existing asphalt trail, ADA accessibility improvements

Current Project Progress:
Bid opening on August 9th
Construction to begin late September

Somerset Park
Status:
  Bid and Award
Est. Completion:  January 2012
Park Amenities:  Renovation of playground, concrete trail, shade structure, site furnishings (picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains) and possible basketball court

Current Project Progress:
Bid opening on August 16th
Construction to begin late September

Chisholm Valley Park
Status:
  Bid and Award
Est. Completion:  January 2012
Park Amenities:  Renovation of playground, shade structure, ½ mile of concrete trail, multipurpose rec field, site furnishings (picnic tables, benches, drinking fountains), trees

Current Project Progress:
Bid opening on August 22nd
Construction to begin late September – early November

Buck Egger Park
Status:
  Bid and Award
Est. Completion:  January 2012
Park Amenities:  parking lot, synthetic turf multipurpose field, and grass multipurpose field

Current Project Progress:
Bid opening on August 22nd
Construction to begin late September – early November

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Gap Project
Status:
  On-hold
Est. Completion:  Spring 2013
Park Amenities:  +/- 2.5 miles of Brushy Creek Trail from Sonoma subdivision, across Brushy Creek, connecting to Rabb Park and AW Grimes Blvd multi-use path.  Also connects to Greater Lake Creek Trail totaling approx. 7 miles.

Current Project Progress:
R.O.W. acquisition negotiations on-going

Rabb House Redevelopment Conceptual Plan
Status:
  RFQ
Est. Completion:  Spring 2012
Park Amenities:  conceptual plan for the redevelopment of Rabb House (damaged in September 2010 flood)

Current Project Progress:
RFQ’s for architectural services to be sent out week of August 15th 
Architect selected by October

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