DFW Community Plans $1.5M Park Improvements

Highland Village
Highland Village Municipal Complex | Image by City of Highland Village, Texas Government/Facebook

A North Texas community is scheduled to begin in April several park renovations as part of a nearly $16 million bond program officials approved just over two years ago.

According to a state filing, Highland Village will spend an estimated $1.5 million in construction costs at Unity Park, Brazos Park, and Highland Village Tennis Center to complete “turf and irrigation upgrades, improved backstops and fencing upgrades for baseball fields. Installation of a basketball court with a new walk. Upgraded lighting for tennis courts and upgraded turf and irrigation at flex fields and Brazos Park.”

Spanning a combined 878,373 square feet, project delivery is expected in October. Richardson-based Halff is listed as the design firm on the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation filing.

The Highland Village City Council adopted an ordinance in December 2021, issuing more than $15.7 million in certificates of obligation for street and park improvements. Secured by taxpayer money, fees, or a combination of both, certificates of obligation allow some Texas cities, counties, and hospital districts to issue debt without voter approval.

The other projects include:

Unity Park

  • Tennis court resurfacing
  • Lighted basketball courts
  • Field renovations
  • Replacing a portion of turf at the dog park with synthetic grass
  • Replacing baseball outfield fencing; add backstop netting
  • Irrigation upgrades

Pilot Knoll Park

  • Campground and shelter improvements
  • Replacing gatehouse
  • Boat ramp improvements
  • Expanding camping options with 16 rental cabins

Other parks

  • Sellmeyer Park — tennis fencing and windscreen replacement; playground replacement
  • Lions Club Park — parking lot improvements
  • Village Park — fishing pier renovation
  • Sellmeyer Tennis Courts — parking lot improvements

The budget for Highland Village, a community of about 17,000 in Denton County, is $22.8 million.

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