WAXAHACHIE

Construction on the second phase of renovations at Lee Penn Park has been underway for the past month. The project will be completed in the next four to six months.

John Smith, the director of parks and recreations, stated the renovations would be a huge boost for the community.

“In phase two of the renovations we are adding a football field with lights, and we are adding a restroom building,” Smith said. “They have started the initial grating and installing water lines for irrigation.”

Smith stated the existing field is not much took look at and is a low spot with goal posts on each end. The improvements will give the field a proper crown and will feature bleachers for spectators.

Smith noted that several youth athletic groups regularly use the existing sports field.

Overseeing the work is Dean Electric, whose bid of $670,000 was approved by the Waxahachie City Council at its June 18 meeting. The bid includes the demolition of the existing football field, bringing new soil to the site, construction of a new football field, new utilizes, electric for the new restroom building, drainage, and storm sewer improvements.

Smith stated the existing restroom building would be replaced with a prefabricated unit. The building will match the existing structures in the park with tan walls and a green roof.

The first phase of renovations — which included new playground equipment, a pavilion, fencing, parking lot improvements and a covered basketball court — were formally dedicated in October.

“We are just continuing to built it into a full community park,” Smith said. “I think that the community and the people that are going to use this is happy with the improvements taking place.”