Parks Board ponies up for summer fun
By MIKE EDDLEMAN
At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Liberty Hill Parks Board made a pair of contributions to upcoming summer activities.
Liberty Hill has announced a summer movie series, City Park Cinema, hosting a monthly movie in the park from May to August. The first movie will be May 26, followed by monthly dates of June 16, July 21 and August 18.
Movie titles have yet to be determined, but the movie and parking are free at City Park. Food trucks will also be available.
Displays will be available at the pavilion in the park for people to see current park projects and improvements in the works.
The Parks Board contributed $2,500 to the event. It also contributed $500 to sponsor snacks and take-home LEGO sets for children planning to attend the LEGOS Summer Camps this year.
With Veterans Memorial Park completed aside from the centerpiece statue of the kneeling soldier currently being planned by sculptor Bob Ragan, and Wetzel Park improvements now going out for bid, discussion at Tuesday’s meeting focused on where the city was in the process before turning to what would come next regarding park space downtown.
“Wetzel Park is the main thing we are looking at to help complete our downtown with the splash pad and additional parking that will be available,” said City Administrator Greg Boatright. “As the roundabout kicks off, probably around the first of the year, that will create more of the synergy we are looking for for the downtown.”
Because the idea of a skate park had long been talked about for Wetzel Park, Boatright mentioned it as an option for other park space in the area, most likely in conjunction with the dog park planned near the eventual intersection of Stubblefield Road phase one and RR 1869.
“Liz (Branigan) pointed out last night in our council meeting that one of the things being discussed for Wetzel Park pretty extensively was a skate park,” he said. “What I would like to do is, if we can accommodate it at Wetzel Park I think we should do that. If not, what I’d like to do is bring a proposal back to the parks board and see if we can do that on Myrtle where Stubblefield will come through and intersect with 1869.”
He added that the property, near Well Site No. 6, as well as the property set aside for Central Park at Grange and Munro, both have many large oak trees and will make key additions to the park plans.
“What we want to do is create a dog park on that site, and then if the skate park can not be accommodated at Wetzel, we will look at this site,” Boatright said. “Central Park is something we haven’t talked that much about. It lends itself to more of a passive type park, so that discussion will take place with the board as to how we want to utilize that property.”
The Parks Board will hear from representatives of Diversified Planning and Development as well as Halff Associates regarding the City’s master trails plan during its next meeting May 15.
The plan will include current projects in the works such as the shared use path east from downtown to SH 29 along Loop 332 and the trail the City submitted a grant for from downtown west along Loop 332 to City Park.
The plan will also include information on how the City’s plan will tie into wider county trails plans.