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MISSION — The renovation of the CWV Skate Park next to the Mayberry Road Community Center will provide one more option for outdoor entertainment for the younger residents of Mission.

Mission Parks Director Julian Gonzalez said the skate park was closed due to deterioration but thanks to a $89,777 bid approved by the Mission City Council on Dec. 19, the park should soon be renovated. It would provide a safe place off the streets for the youth riding skateboards to practice their skills.

Gonzalez said the park would be made of concrete with five-to-seven different stations that included ramps – with different slopes – railing and a center pyramid. The park could be a recreation skate park, not a competition park, designed for durability and resistance. As a result it will require less maintenance.

Construction starts in January and the park should be completed in March. When completed, it will be open to the public seven days a week.

In other projects, Gonzalez said Birdwell Park on North Stewart Road received fencing and lighting around the tennis courts that stay on until 10 p.m. A walking trail around the perimeter of the park was also constructed and Gonzalez said it would get lighting in 2012.

Construction of the new Hollis Rutledge Sr. Park in the northwest section of the city is ongoing. Two softball fields for the Bronco Leagues are already finished and ready for play. The lighting has been completed for the walking trail, which has not yet been completed. Construction of a 40-foot-by-60-foot pavilion was approved at the Dec. 19 council meeting in the amount of $73,700.

Gonzalez said construction of 80 parking spaces would be developed soon. Junior soccer fields and an Exer-play station for children will also be built soon, said Gonzalez.

Meanwhile, the city is anxiously awaiting completion of the two new gyms, one at the Mayberry facility and the other at Bannworth Park.

The gyms, which are for the Mission Boys & Girls Club, are about 95 percent complete, Gonzalez said.

The reconstruction of the pool at the Mayberry Center is about 90 percent complete while the pool at Bannworth Park is about 80 percent complete, he said.

Because the Bannworth Park pool will be covered and heated, it will be available for year-round use.

The walking trail at Bannworth Park, which was torn apart during the construction process, will soon be reconnected. In addition, Bannworth Park will receive an additional 100 parking spaces with a connector road in the near future.

Construction at the Bentsen Palm Regional Park on South Bentsen Road is now complete. This 60-acre park has all kinds of facilities including four baseball fields with a concession stand in the middle. There are also two soccer fields, four tennis courts and four basketball courts.

The park has 12 picnic shelters with barbecue pits. Gonzalez said with the number of people living in apartments or other multi-housing set-ups, many people did not have space to barbecue at their residences and those in the parks were well used. The parks department would like to add additional shelters in the future.

This park also features a two-and-a-half acre pond, which will be stocked with fish in the near future. Catch and release fishing tournaments are planned for the youth and for civic organizations.

The park is landscaped with over 150 trees. The area also features a six-acre nature area reserved for bird watching. People can walk the caliche trails to observe the wildlife.

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