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November 18th, 2014
$395K improvement projects underway at three Kyle parks


KYLE — City crews and contractors began work this month on returfing athletic fields and adding irrigation systems at the Gregg-Clark community park and the Steeplechase and Waterleaf neighborhood parks.

The work includes:

  • Replacing natural turf and extending the city’s “purple pipe” reclaimed water system to irrigate football, soccer, baseball and soccer fields at Gregg-Clarke Park, located on about 30 acres at 1300 W. Center Street. The job also includes general improvements such as landscaping, restroom renovations and a new coat of paint for the park gazebo.
  • Returfing baseball, softball and soccer fields at Steepchase Park, located on about 43 acres on Hallie Drive, and Waterleaf Park, located on about 47 acres on Abundance Lane. Irrigation systems will also be installed for the parks’ athletic fields.

Mayor Todd Webster said the $395,000 capital improvement project is a visible sign that the municipal government’s years-long cash crunch is easing up after a succession of tight budgets. The parks improvements were funded by the Kyle City Council for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.

“The city of Kyle has experienced some lean years recently,” Webster said but decision makers can “now look carefully at the revenue being generated by our growth and allocate some of that money into our city facilities, programs and services and improve the quality of life for our residents.”

Residents can expect various field closures at the parks during the next few months, said Kerry Urbanowitz, the parks department director. Work at the Steeplechase and Waterleaf parks started the first week of November with construction scheduled to start at Gregg-Clarke Park this week.

COVER PHOTO: A landmark old water town in downtown Kyle. PHOTO by MIKE RASTIELLO

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