MAYPEARL — Residents of Maypearl are one step closer to having a city park in their community after the Maypearl City Council approved a recommendation from the Type A board to use $30,000 for its development at a Monday night meeting.

Efforts to bring a park to the city have been lead by the community group called the Friends of Maypearl. According to the group’s Facebook page, the group has raised $65,000 of its $75,000 goal.

Once all of the funds are collected, the park would be located in the vacant field in the 100 block of E. Second St. across from city hall and behind the Busy Bee Cafe in Maypearl.

“There is a great piece of property that was gifted to the City of Maypearl, which is approximately two acres in downtown. What we are going to do is to build a park on it and have a place for everyone in Maypearl,” Friends of Maypearl Board Member Stephen Daniel said. “If there is any event in downtown we typically have it in that area but there is no place for people to gather. There is no pavilion, no playground for the kids, no half-court basketball court, no trails and no sidewalks. It is just an undeveloped piece of land. Our plan is to build these things on it.”

Daniel stated that this project has been a real community effort and he is excited that the city is supporting the project.

“It is one of the things that the city needs. If you could go look for a better location for a park you couldn’t find a better location for the park in downtown,” Daniel stated. “ My hat is off to the gifting of the land, the city accepting it and the folks that are willing to put the time and effort into doing it.”

One of the campaigns to raise funds for the park led is the selling of commemorative bricks sold for $100 or a paver for $250 by the Friends of Maypearl. These bricks and pavers can be used to honor a family member, a loved one, a veteran or business. The deadline to purchase one is Sept. 1.

The group is also requesting pledges of materials, equipment, labor or a monetary donation to the project. A link to the form to purchase bricks and pavers and the online pledge form can be found of the Friends of Maypearl Page on Facebook.

Maypearl Mayor Kelly Jacobson said Type-A funds could be used for improvement projects. He noted that the Friends of Maypearl are currently applying for a grant from the city for the park.

“The money will be given at the time if the city council approves the grant application and everything,” Jacobson explained. “That should take place within the next 30-40 days.”

Jacobson added that there is going to be a specially called council meeting that will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 31 at city hall located at 104 E. Second St. in Maypearl. During this session, the Friends of Maypearl will show their plan they have for the park site.

An artist drawing of the park on the Friends of Maypearl's Facebook page shows amenities that include a playground, picnic areas, fitness areas, a pavilion, a walking trail and a half court basketball court.

In other business the council:

• Approved for the police department to submit an application to the state for two sets of body armor.

• Approved the renewal of the city’s investment policy.

• Discussed the city wide clean up that will take place on Sept. 9.

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