Another Ramsey delay

HARLINGEN – The latest deadline for the reopening of Hugh Ramsey Nature Park has come and gone, again.

The initial timeframe given by city officials in early December was completion in two weeks.

In mid-January, the target date became Feb. 1, and later it was pushed back to Feb. 17.

City officials now say the park will re-open in mid-March.

As of yesterday, the park entrance remained blocked, and heavy graders and other equipment were rolling over the gravel to grade the lot’s two levels.

There’s a bio-retention basin right in the middle.

Work on the parking lot has delayed the project, county workers have said previously.

The renovation of the park is being funded with a $158,000 grant from the Texas General Land Office’s Coastal Impact Assistance Program.

In addition to paving the lot, a bio-retention basin was installed in the parking lot to filter pollutants from the Arroyo Colorado which runs past the park.

Underground pipes will take that filtered water from the retention basin to a network of ponds and wetlands at the park. Cleansed of pollutants, it will then flow back into the arroyo.

The project also will double the size of the park’s five ponds.

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