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Leo Peña Park to be renovated

When renovations are complete, Leo Peña “La Placita” Park in downtown Mission will be fully ADA accessible and the design will match the recent Streetscape Project done a couple of years ago to brighten up the downtown Mission area.

That’s according to Mission City Manager Martin Garza when asked about the renovations project, which was approved during Monday Mission City Council meeting. The project, which was awarded to Williamson Construction, will take approximately four months at a cost of $1.4 million.

20180126 LaPlacita“Through the years, the concrete seating has deteriorated and the facility does not meet ADA standards,” added Garza. “There is also need for improved lighting.”

Garza said the amphitheater would be changed so that the stage is on the west side of the park instead of in the center. The new design would allow for more seating in the amphitheater which is sometimes filled to capacity.  Garza also said there would be grassy areas where people could bring their lawn chairs and sit if they did not want to go down into the amphitheater.

Access to the theater will be via stairs or by ADA approved rampa so persons with limited mobility will be able to get up and down without difficulty.

Covered seating to protect guests from rain or temperatures on extremely hot days is a new feature residents will also see.

Garza said demolition would be done “in-house” by city employees to save on the cost of the project. The total bid for the project was $1,384,803.  Federal funds from the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council will amount to $597,409 and the Mission Economic Development Council will fund the final $787,394.

“We are hoping the renovations being done downtown will also attract more events to our downtown facilities,” said purchasing agent Edward Belmares.

“In the past the park has been used for Winter Texan events, National Night Out, Christmas celebrations, events related to Texas Citrus Fiesta and other special events. We are hoping the new design with ADA compliance, will make the facility appealing to more groups so the park will get even more use.”

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