The county is moving forward on plans to build a park in Bacliff, which is expected to include a community center, sports fields and a playground.
The 64-acre park will be southeast of the intersection of 10th Street and Grand Avenue near Edgewater by the Bay subdivision. Although construction contracts haven’t been approved and building isn’t expected to start until spring 2016, design plans for the park are underway, county spokeswoman Brittany Rainville said.
The county is taking a piecemeal approach to the large project. Design plans for a baseball field, soccer field, playground, community center and parking lot are approved, Rainville said. However, the park may include more amenities. Preliminary concept plans — which are awaiting approval and officials consider a best-case scenario — present options for two amphitheaters, a disc golf course, splash pad and sand volleyball court. Additionally, the county plans to seek grant funding from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for hiking trails, Rainville said.
The project has been delayed by approval of funding. The county is still awaiting approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to use disaster funds on an access road to the park. Additionally, it needed permission from Dickinson Independent School District because road plans crossed through the district’s property; those plans have been approved.
During last week’s commissioner’s court meeting, a contract for initial construction was deferred, but an agreement to conduct required environmental testing at the site was approved.
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