(Center, Texas) – Thanks to a local business and state grants, the Center City Mini Park will undergo extensive expansion this year. Center Mayor David Chadwick and City Council approved the $1.1 million project in December 2015. Construction will begin in early 2016 and completion is scheduled for late summer of the same year.
“The Mini Park has always been an anchor for our community,” said Mayor Chadwick. “The ongoing expansion and development of the park reflects the desire of our council and our friends at Portacool, LLC to ensure our families and businesses have a safe and beautiful place to relax and play.”
The expansion plans include:
- A 60,000 square foot multi-purpose field
- A 7,700 square foot covered pavilion/basketball court
- Additional restroom facilities
- Expanded parking
- More than 1,300 feet of added walking trails that will tie into the existing trail
Additionally, a native plant garden will be incorporated into the park design with the help of the Center Garden Club and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Upon completion, the City park will be renamed ‘Portacool Park’.
Portacool CEO Ben Wulf said his company was looking forward to the partnership.
“At the beginning of 2015, we began discussing opportunities to make a meaningful contribution back to our community,” Wulf said. “After finding the City was interested in expanding the Mini Park we could not wait to be a part of the project. We have partnered with the City to build a facility that everyone can use and enjoy. What a great way to say thank you to the community that has been so wonderful to our company!”
The project would not be possible without a common goal and the shared contributions of state, city and private funding. All three parties look to provide for improved grounds and a facility that will be used for a wide variety of events and interests for the entire community.
“We are thankful to Portacool for the generous contribution they have made to this project,” said Chad Nehring, Center City Manager. “We cannot wait for the project to be completed and have everyone out to enjoy what is going to now be an even bigger asset to our community.”