Raymondville plans splash park

RAYMONDVILLE — Children might be cooling off in the city’s first splash park soon.

Earlier this week, city commissioners gave City Manager Eleazar Garcia the approval to research costs and vendors for the project.

“It’s a quality-of-life project to make improvements for the citizens,” Mayor Gilbert Gonzales said yesterday. “It’s for the kids — getting them away from video games.”

Garcia said he plans to apply for a grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help fund the project.

In Tuesday’s meeting, commissioners agreed to build the splash park next to the city’s pool located at North Fifth Street and West Sauz Avenue.

Garcia also presented commissioners with information on the city of Buda’s $300,000, 1,400-square-foot splash park.

So far, he said, the city does not have cost estimates.

“It’s in the preliminary stages,” Garcia said.

Garcia plans to appoint a committee to help plan the park.

“We want to plan the kind of features we want in it,” he said.

Construction could begin in six months to a year.

Garcia cited Veterans Park as the city’s last big quality-of-life project.

“We try to do quality-of-life projects to make the city more attractive to citizens,” he said.

The splash park, he said, “is the next step.”

In 2016, the city opened the $1.2 million Veterans Park, which includes a lighted baseball field, bleachers, a skate park, a pavilion and walking trail on the city’s north side.

“We’re getting mileage out of that park — a lot of mileage,” Gonzales said, adding schools along with Little League and adult softball teams are using the field.

“They’re even playing football there,” he said.