Edinburg: El Tule Recreation Center to Break Ground This Summer
Feature Photo: El Tule Community Center, shown in the center of this aerial view, was demolished and the site will be home to a new indoor recreation center with three basketball courts. Image: Google Earth/VBX graphic.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Edinburg (Hidalgo) — In October 2019, city officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for a new recreation center that they had hoped would get to the construction stage within a year. Better late then never.
The City of Edinburg issued a competitive sealed bid solicitation on June 5 for a general contractor to construct a one-story, 28,445 square-foot recreation center that will have three indoor basketball courts. Responses are due June 22.
The new facility is to be known as El Tule Recreation Center. The building will include a concession kiosk, restrooms, a lobby, offices, a multi-purpose room, and separate rooms for storage, mechanical, electrical and custodial functions.
The basketball area will include four-row aluminum bleacher that face back-to-back bleachers to either side of the center court, providing visitor viewing toward all three courts. There will also be retractable moving partitions between the courts.
Basketball courts total area: 23,805 SF
All other functions total area: 4,640 SF
El Tule Recreation Center’s east and west elevations. Source: Milnet Architectural Services.
Beyond the building, the property will include a parking lot for 170 vehicles, dog park and landscaping. The location, 700 South Veterans Boulevard, was formerly the home of El Tule Community Center. That structure had to be demolished and site preparation continued through 2020.
Milnet Architectural Services of McAllen prepared the construction documents in collaboration with Trinity MEP Engineering of Weslaco and Millennium Engineers Group Inc.
The project has an estimated cost of almost $6 million when it was first approved. It was funded by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation and the City of Edinburg.
Milnet Architectural filed a project report with the state on June 9 that estimated construction could begin by the first week of August. The estimated completion date is mid-September 2022.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.