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Park equipment gets green light

GROVES — An upgrade to Memorial Park in Groves got the green light from council members Monday.

The three-acre park located at the corner of 25th Street and Taft Avenue will see new playground equipment for ages 2-5 and ages 5-12 that include climbing activities, sensory activities, swings, slides, water fountains and more.

About two years ago, a parks committee was exploring the possibilities for the city’s parks; then along came Tropical Storm Harvey. Repairs were placed on the back burner because it made no sense to repair, then renovate the park, City Manager D. Sosa said.

Frank Arnaud, one of the parks committee members, said the upgraded park will have two separate playscapes; each geared to a different age group. The park will have more parking spaces and more shaded seating.

“This state-of-the-art equipment along with the other amenities should create an appealing park that whole families can enjoy,” Arnaud said.

The upgrades also include paved concrete parking lots and Americans with Disabilities Act accessible sidewalks, which will be completed by city workers.

The equipment comes from BYO, or Beyond Your Ordinary Playground; the turnkey cost is around $61,000, which includes installation.

Funding for the project comes from the sale of portions of Lindenmeyer Park, located at 32nd Street and Texas 73. Voters approved the sale of the park more than a decade ago.

Councilmember Karen Theis asked how much money is left in the coffers from the sale of portions of Lindenmeyer Park to which finance director Lamar Ozley said the figure is around $110,000.

Sosa said he expects to receive delivery of the equipment in November and construction to commence November to December with the hopes for the project to be finished by the end of the year, weather permitting.