Skate Park Update: SPI Awarded Half a Million Dollars for Park Improvements

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It’s been several years in the making. Phase II for improvements at John L. Tompkins Park now have a completion date attached. This month the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission awarded the destination city with a Non-urban Outdoor Recreation Grant of $500,000. It’s an award typically given to fund city park projects for outdoor recreation.

In SPI those funds will be used for Phase II development of a public park.

Debbie Huffman, SPI Parks Director, “There are seven components that are going to be in this park. We’re going to finish off the walking track, the skate park component is going to be in this, seven exercise stations, a Bocce ball court, a soccer field, some solar lighting and a few extra amenities for the children in the play area.”

The park was first opened to the public in October 2016. Right now, it consists of basketball courts, restrooms, benches, and a playground. Completion for the skate park and other amenities are expected in the Summer of 2020.

City officials say they are excited the grant will be able to provide outdoor activities for the community.

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