The City of Terrell is looking to improve and upgrade each park in Terrell.
City of Terrell Public Works Director Glenn Caldwell gave a presentation during the Terrell City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17 to discuss the ‘Park Improvement Program’.
“You got Ben Gill, Breezy Hill, Stallings, Kings Creek and Arlie White. Those park, let’s be frank about it right; we got some deferred maintenance at those. We got some spots where maybe we haven’t kept up with some of that stuff as well as we should. So we did include in your budget $1.2 million through a small short term borrowing in order for us to tackle these. Glenn and I have put this on the front burner and we want to develop this idea as quickly as possible and we want to deliver this idea as quickly as possible.” City of Terrell Interim City Manager, Mike Sims, said.
Some of the ideas the City of Terrell has so far to improve Ben Gill Park consist of demolishing the wooden park, installing a toddler playground, installing a new playground, install new water fountains, install playground shading and improve parking.
By demolishing the wooden park at Ben Gill Park, the City of Terrell wants to build a new park along the entrance of Ben Gill Park and near the Terrell High School baseball complex.
The City of Terrell also wants to build a new walking trail near the ExCEL building at Colquitt Road that connects with Ben Gill Park.
“We want to get those participants at the ExCEL and get those individuals connected to our walking trail so they can take advantage of youth sports, take advantage of exercise and take advantage of getting the opportunity to walk over to other parts of the park. This is part of that connectivity,” Caldwell said.
The park improvements ideas for Breezy Hill Park consist of replacing the ball field fence, installing a new water fountain, install playground shading, put a fresh coat of paint on playground equipment and install phase ‘One’ of a walking trail.
“Breezy Hill Park does not have a walking trail and is one of two parks that does not have a walking trail at this time,” Caldwell said.
Also at Breezy Hill Park, new dugouts and benches will be installed along with new ramps and sidewalk access.
The park improvements ideas for Arlie White Park consist of paved parking, outdoor learning exhibits, concrete gazebo and playground shading.
“When I speak about outdoor learning, I’m talking about maybe a butterfly garden or something that kids can have interactions with the outdoors. I think that’s important.” Caldwell said.
The park improvements ideas for Stallings Park consist doing a drainage study, removing the backstop, relocating the weather-warning pole and electrical components, relocating the pavilion, install playground shading and create paved parking.
“There is a warning pole and electrical power sitting in the middle of that park. I would say that is a potential safety hazard. The pavilion in that particular park is underwater. If it rains, it floods and you can’t utilize the particular fixture,” Caldwell said.
The City of Terrell wants to improve drainage, install a walking/nature trail, improve practice fields, create paved parking and install playground shading at all the parks.
The City of Terrell plans to go before the Terrell City Council and seek approval of a resolution to apply for a Texas Parks and Wildlife Grant in order to receive a 50/50 match on a reimbursement basis.