La Feria soon to open city’s newest park

LA FERIA — The city’s long association with citrus was all it took to give Unger Park its look and theme.

The city of La Feria will host the official grand opening of the orange-themed park on Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m.

“It’s a celebration of reviving a park in an old neighborhood,” City Manager Sunny Philip said.

The event is open to the public.

Unger Park is located at the intersection of 330 S. West Street and Central Street behind the Dunlap Memorial Library.

The park is nestled on a 1.1-acre island on a city street.

Neighborhood residents and visitors soon will be able to enjoy all the park has to offer.

The park has recently been fitted with a beach volleyball court, shuffleboard, horseshoe pits, a half-court basketball area, a small soccer field, swings, a playscape and exercise station.

Visitors who wish to cook out can enjoy a good time with family and friends over a grilled meal for a picnic.

Unger Park also will celebrate the contributions of the longtime city secretary and city administrator, Tony Unger.

Unger served as an administrative official more than 50 years ago.

Philip said the park planning was a collaborative effort of the community.

The city held public hearings and took the input of citizens to narrow down the concept of the park.

Philip said the park redevelopment is for the new generation and old to enjoy.

Everything about the park is orange to celebrate the local agriculture industry.

The park’s orange theme stems from the Valley’s rich history of citrus farming and agriculture business.

The city of La Feria public recreation site development project was funded with the assistance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund of the U.S. Department of Interior National Park Service, administered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Land and Water Conservation funded $100,000 and the city of La Feria matched $100,000 to pay for the project.

“Our city is always on the lookout to revitalize and re-energize neighborhoods for kids to play,” Philip said.