League City could lift residents’ spirits by re-prioritizing parks projects to help two neighborhoods hit by Hurricane Harvey, officials said.
Newport Park and Bayridge Park are two projects the city’s Parks Board members want to move up on a list of planned work.
At the board meeting Thursday, members looked over a spreadsheet listing upcoming projects and their costs. The list included capital improvement projects and also new projects in the city’s parks master plan.
The board reviewed the projects to advise the parks staff which project a new grants writer should target first, said Chien Wei, director of the parks and recreation department.
The parks department has hired a new grants writer who will start March 19, city spokeswoman Nora Salinas said. The salary for the position is $68,435, city staff said.
Redeveloping Bayridge Park, 2913 Mariner Drive, would cost about $90,000, city staff said. It’s one of the new projects in the parks master plan, and one that the city could afford to do ahead of others, officials said.
It’s less money than other projects but could go a long way to making a difference, board member Chad Tressler said.
“That neighborhood needs cheering up,” he said.
Another park that needs attention is Newport Park, 2398 Colonial Court, board President Vaness Hamilton said.
Working on the two neighborhood parks would also give the city a chance to ask residents what they want there, rather than imposing a preconceived use on residents, Hamilton said.
This could also heal a perceived slight from 2016, when some residents of the Newport neighborhood opposed preliminary plans to put a dog park there. Some residents felt the city intended to impose a dog park on them. The city scrapped the idea and instead turned to creating the city’s first dog park at 100 Alderwood St.
The city is paying a lot of attention to the Bayridge subdivision after Harvey because residents complained that the city didn’t maintain the existing drainage before the epic hurricane dumped more than 50 inches of rain on the area. After Harvey, the city commissioned engineering studies to examine the drainage in Bayridge and in other parts of town.
The city will hold a public meeting 6 p.m. March 22 at 400 W. Walker St. to present the engineering findings about drainage issues in Bayridge.