WAXAHACHIE — Plans are moving forward on the second phase of renovations of Lee Penn Park on Getzendaner Street. Members of the Waxahachie Park Board approved to incorporate a splash pad into the project at its Thursday afternoon meeting.
A ribbon cutting was held to celebrate the phase one renovations on Oct. 6, which included a new pavilion, covered basketball court, playground, fencing, and a parking lot. In addition to the splash pad renovations to the existing football field will be done in phase two.
Director of Parks and Recreation John Smith addressed the park board about the splash pad and what it will add to the park.
“I have contacted Water Odyssey, which is a section of Kraftsman Playground. We are going to do something similar to what is at Mathews Park,” Smith said. “The same shape but a different theme. That one is quoted at about $175,000. It has got a lot of features.”
When asked about how much water the splash pad would use Smith told the board that the splash pad at George Brown Plaza used about 800,000 gallons from May-June. This came to a cost of about $3,000.
Smith noted that the splash pad would be tied into the city’s stormwater system. The board then enquired if a system to reclaim the water could be connected to it to use the water for landscaping purposes. Smith stated that he could look into this option.
Parks Board Chairman Chad Hicks stated that this new feature would not really conflict with the pool, which is only open a few months during the year, and would give the children more things to do at the park.
The board discussed the capital improvement plan and improvements to be made at Lake Waxahachie. Some of the improvements at the lake would include a 50-space parking lot, handicap accessible parking spaces, a sidewalk along the front of the restroom building, 14 truck and trailer spaces, gated access to the park, and wooden bollards to contain vehicles to the park road and parking lots.
The material used for the parking lot and the road surface was proposed as crushed rock and concrete. The board approved the improvements not to exceed $50,000.
Three members of the Waxahachie City Council were present at Thursday’s meeting but no notice of quorum was posted as required under the Texas Open Meeting Act. These members include Mayor Kevin Strength and council members Mary Lou Shipley and David Hill. The council members took no action at the meeting.
In other business the board,
• Discussed signage for the Wagsahachie Dog Park
• Voted to appoint Hick as board chairman and Ginger Cole as vice chairman.
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