Pflugerville: P&Z Approves Five-Year CIP for Parks & Rec System Totaling $51.3 Million
Feature Illustration: An artist rendering by Halff Associates of a conceptual rendering of Beach Esplanade at Lake Pflugerville.
by Art Benavidez
Pflugerville (Travis County) — The Planning and Zoning Commission approved a five year capital improvement plan related to the city’s parks and recreation system, with an emphasis on prioritizing ADA related projects, totaling $51.3 million.
The total includes projects that are already funded to the tune of $46,819,985 and unfunded projects totaling $4,575,000.
The funded projects include, and are tentatively prioritized, as follows:
Lake Pflugerville Phase I: Upgrades to include additional shade structures, trail improvements, boardwalk, restrooms and leisure amenities. Construction for this project is expected to begin this year with a projected cost of $2,314,985.
Gilleland Creek Pool Bath House Improvements: The removal and replacement of the pool facility buildings for safety, accessibility and functionality purposes. Project will replace the ticket/guard office and the restroom/shower buildings at an estimated cost of $1.2 million. Design is expected this year and construction is expected to begin in 2022.
Green Red Barn Improvements: Structural integrity improvements to the building as deemed necessary by an earlier engineering study. Will also provide needed accessibility, safety and aesthetic improvements to the existing restroom and adjacent pavilion are also needed, along with possible improvements to the Bohls House for increased rental potential for events in the barn at an estimated cost of $250,000. Construction of the project is expected to be designed this year and constructed in 2022.
1849 Park Maintenance Barn: The design and construction of a parks maintenance facility at 1849 Park at an estimated cost of $740,000 this year, which is expected to be designed this year and constructed in 2022.
Trail Improvements: Closure of the remaining trail gaps in the trail system and enhance the trails, along with the development of trailheads at appropriate locations, and develop a wayfinding system for trail users and visitors at a projected cost of $1,575,000. Design of the project is expected this year, with construction to commence in 2022.
Neighborhood Parks: A $7,350,000 earmark for neighborhood parks development, specifically, Mallard Park, Pecan Park, Kelly Lane Park, Picadilly Park and Wilbarger Phase II. Design of the project is expected this year, with construction to commence in 2022.
Land Acquisition: Over 20-acres for recreation space, destination play space and future needs at an estimated cost of $5,565,000. The acquisition is expected to take place this year with no timetable for development.
Lake Pflugerville Phase II: Development of the north side of the lake, around to the west boundary and minor improvements at the Biehle property off Becker Farm Road at a projected cost $11,025,000. Design of the project is expected this year, with construction to commence in 2023.
1849 Park Phase II: Expansion of the sports fields with six additional baseball/softball fields and associated infrastructure at an estimated cost of $15,225,00. Design of the project is expected this year, with construction to commence in 2023.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.