Earlier this month, the city of Palmview broke ground on a new park set to open this summer.
The park, located off Showers Road south of Expressway 83, is a project that will be split into three phases and will also bring in a technology center to the city, Palmview Assistant City Manager David Nacianceno said.
“We had land in the southwest sector of the city that was annexed into the city in 2015,” Nacianceno said. “We have an existing park behind city hall but we knew we had to provide something for residents in the new area.”
The first phase of the park will be dedicated to building a restroom facility, a parking area, a playground, a basketball court, walking trail, soccer field with an irrigation system, a picnic area with tables, barbecue pits and full area lighting.
The park will also include ramps to make the playground handicap accessible, Nacianceno said,
The project is made possible through a Community Development Block Grant, a program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that funds local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs and infrastructure development. According to Nacianceno, the first phase has a price tag of $543,227.40 and the grant was valued at nearly $252,000 with the rest of the money coming from the county’s Urban County program.
The first phase is expected to be completed by August and is being done with the McAllen-based engineering firm, SAMES Engineering, Nacianceno said, adding that the price tag covers the purchase of playground equipment as well as the construction and engineering contract.
The second phase of the project, which will go out for bids this fall, will consist of adding a splash pad to the park and a roof for the basketball court in 2018. The third and final phase of the project is to create a technology center, a media laboratory in the park that will be open to the public in 2019, Nacianceno said.
“The complete project is being completed in phases because the money from the CDBG and urban county is released in the fall,” Nacianceno said. “We won’t have an idea of how much the total project will cost until we get closer to 2019.”