Floresville parks master plan would relocate ball fields
Gregory Ripps | Wilson County News | February 17, 2016
GREGORY RIPPS — Tom Turk of M&S Engineering answers questions from Floresville Economic Development Corp. President Ray Lamberth and other corporation members about the city’s parks master plan at a May 9 joint workshop.
It’s not a sports complex. It’s a community park.
The latest iteration of a proposed parks master plan, dated May 9, includes new baseball and multi-use fields, along with other amenities around the Lauro G. De Leon III Floresville Event Center. The plan also takes into account existing park facilities throughout the city and their maintenance needs.
Tom Turk of M&S Engineering presented highlights of the plan at a May 9 public workshop, conducted jointly by the Floresville City Council, Floresville 4A Corp., and Floresville Economic Development Corp. (FEDC).
The new fields will replace those on unstable ground in the nearby Floresville River Park. Referring to a study paid for by the city and the San Antonio River Authority, Turk explained that cracks and holes in the fields are caused by water drainage and soil conditions in the area.
Although Turk said he considered a way to intercept and divert the drainage to reduce damage, at an estimated cost of $150,000, “sooner or later, the river is going to win.”
Floresville City Manager Henrietta Turner said the city staff recommended moving the ball fields. “We need to get our ‘babies’ off those fields,” she said. “They need some place safe.”
Turk noted that baseball, soccer, and football fields were among priorities established as the result of a survey conducted on behalf of the FEDC. The community park that will encompass it will be the first phase of the parks plan to be “implemented.”
He estimated costs of $500,000 for the community park’s utility infrastructure and $1.5 million “for everything else” on the site.
“We would rather give you a cost that comes down than goes up,” Turk said, adding there is “still room for lots of discussion.”
“This is the plan we paid you for,” FEDC Executive Director Tommy Baker said. “Now we get into the implementation.”
One catch to the plan is that the 4A corporation owns the land upon which the city and the FEDC will build the community park. However, attorneys for all three entities agreed that they could resolve the matter.
The FEDC, which was the only entity to have a quorum at the end of the workshop, voted to approve the plan.
Turner assured workshop participants that the city was continuing with improvements to its existing parks, with special attention to the restrooms.
The City of Floresville Parks Master Plan, dated May 9, 2016, projects annual operations and maintenance costs for the city’s parks:
- Masonic Youth Park: $20,000
- Lodi Park: $20,000
- Skate Park: $20,000
- American Legion Park: $20,000
- Hike and bike trail: $40,000
- Pecan Park: $40,000
- River Park: $110,000
- Swimming pool/Lions Park: $40,000
- Community Park: $50,000.