City has grand designs for family park

HARLINGEN — If City Manager Dan Serna has his way, a lot of family life in Harlingen eventually will revolve around Lon C. Hill Park.

Serna revealed a project last week he has taken a direct role in — a dramatic renovation and expansion of the park.

The already popular park could become one of the gems in the Rio Grande Valley once completed.

“We could develop this park into a community gathering area, an area where you could do multiple activities in one location with your family,” Serna told the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board last week.

This was the first time such a major renovation of Lon C. Hill has been revealed as a focus of the city of Harlingen.

Serna conceded it may be a “pipe dream,” but he delivered with passion his vision of what Lon C. Hill Park could become.

Although no numbers were presented as to what the project would cost, Serna said he has been in discussions about potential partnerships and says he’s confident costs for development of the mega-complex would be reasonable.

“We hired an architect and I sat down with him and started going over my ideas of how this park could be laid out,” Serna told the board.

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