Officials consider parks master plan

HARLINGEN — A proposed parks master plan with a $43 million wish list would come about a year later than expected.

In a meeting today, city commissioners will consider adopting the Parks and Recreation Master Plan that includes recommendations for parks improvements.

Consultants Halff & Associates developed the proposed plan based in part on residents’ recommendations.

“It’s kind of a blueprint to use for the future for planning,” Javier Mendez, the city’s parks director, said yesterday. “It shows what our strengths and weaknesses are and what (residents) want to see us improve.”

The City Commission’s approval would allow officials to send the plan to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the agency’s approval, which would make the city eligible for grants, Mendez said.

“As long as we show a need, we have a better chance of obtaining a grant from them,” he said.

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