MAYPEARL — The Maypearl City Council will host a specially called meeting to listen to a proposed concept plan for a new downtown park this week.
The meeting will be held Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall.
The Community group, The Friends of Maypearl, has led the efforts to bring the park to the city and will present their vision for the vacant tract of land to the council. The proposed park site is located across the street from city hall.
“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,” Friends of Maypearl Board Member Stephen Daniel previously told the Daily Light. “It is just an undeveloped piece of land. Our plan is to build these things on it.”
An artist's rendering on the Friend’s 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. The group has raised $65,000 of its $75,000 goal for the project. City Council members approved a recommendation from the Type A board to use $30,000 for the park at the Aug. 14 meeting.
Maypearl Mayor Kelly Jacobson previously stated 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 the city council approves the grant application and everything,” Jacobson explained. “That should take place within the next 30-40 days.”
City Hall is located at 104 E. Second St. in downtown Maypearl.
For more information about the project or fundraising efforts search go to the Friends of Maypearl's page on Facebook.