Playscape plans top Parks Board meeting

By Joseph Garcia

By this time next month the youth of Liberty Hill will likely have a new playscape to entertain them, officials said at the Parks and Recreation Board meeting Tuesday.

Funding for the playscape was provided through a grant from Williamson County.

Construction of the playscape will likely take three to four days to complete with ground breaking taking place in mid June, said Board President Gregg Evans.

“The big news from this meeting is that the playscape will probably be finished by our next meeting,” said Evans. “That’s going to be good. I imagine the kiddos are going to want to get on that pretty quickly.”

The Challengers playscape provided by Playworld will have two sets of swings, two slides, two spring rider horses and two main play centers.

Also Tuesday, the Board unanimously voted to use a bid from Northshore Homes LLC out of Lago Vista to build a new ground-up pavilion at Foundation Park.

The bid came in at $84,000, which is $1,000 under the allotted budget of $85,000.

STR Constructors Ltd., submitted  the other bid — $111,000.

The decision to go with Northshore Homes was seemingly an easy one to make for the board, officials said.

“It was not only the best building, but it was the only one under budget,” Evans said. “I’ve had some experience with them in the past. They just blew away the competition as far as pricing.”

No start date has been set, but the Board would like to see the project completed by the time football season starts in August.

“I hope by next meeting we can at least have a start date,” Evans said. “We may even impose a start date on them so it doesn’t interfere with the sports season.”

Liberty Hill City Park is currently home to Liberty Hill Youth Football & Cheer and the Liberty Hill Youth Soccer Association.

Before approving the Northshore bid, the first item on the agenda was a plan presented by Robert Rocha, a military veteran, to update the existing flagpole at City Park.

Rocha said he would like to see a “stronger” flagpole as the current was is becoming unsteady.

“I am proud of the park and want to do what I can to make the park better,” said Rocha.

The proposal calls for the LHYSA to supply the materials for the pad and lighting for the flagpole and the local Boy Scouts would be involved as well since the original pole was installed by Eagle Scouts.

The plan also includes a bench near the pole and handicap access.

This would be a donated project at no cost to the City, according to the proposal.

A motion was made and unanimously passed to bring the proposal to the City Council for consideration.