Almost done? Hugh Ramsey Park should reopen soon

HARLINGEN — The delayed work at Hugh Ramsey Nature Park should pass a major hurdle as county work crews begin to lay asphalt over the gravel parking lot.

The project initially was to finish around Jan. 1, and city officials now say the popular park for birders and nature photographers should re-open by the middle of next month.

The delay has been due to the parking lot and the 8-foot by 100-foot concrete basin structure, which is 4 feet deep, that sits right in the middle of it. That is by design.

“On the bottom of the basin there’s gravel, big old bull rock, about a foot of it,” Jeff Lyssy, parks superintendent, said this week. “And then we put weed-lining fabric down, and then we brought some sand in, and then we put more weed fabric down.”

“Once the asphalt is down, Lyssy said, “We’ll bring in some composted topsoil and then we’ll plant. Actually we’re relying on our partners through the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society and the Texas Master Naturalists to help us plant that and maintain that area.”

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