More parking for Veterans Park

RAYMONDVILLE — Less than a week after its opening, Veterans Park is already making way for more parking.

In a meeting today, city commissioners will consider the purchase of two lots to serve as parking areas, City Manager Eleazar Garcia said yesterday.

The 25-foot by 125-foot lots at 936 W. Durango Avenue stand across the street from the sports complex which opened May 18.

Earlier this month, the city paid $4,570 for two 25-foot by 125-foot lots, also located across the street from the park, Garcia said.

Garcia said low prices have led the city to buy the lots.

The sports complex features two lighted playing fields that will host local baseball and softball teams along with tournaments.

The park also features an 8,000-square-foot skate park, a 6,000-square-foot pavilion and a half-mile walking trail with exercise stations.

To fund the project, the city borrowed $1.2 million at interest rates that average 3.53 percent during a 20-year term.

Officials will use Raymondville Economic Development Corporation money to pay off the debt.

Garcia said the city hired subcontractors to save about $300,000.

In 2014, Willacy County commissioners gave the city $250,000 to install 10, 60-foot light poles along the playing fields.