2018 Bond - Parks Projects

The City issued $4.29 million for several different projects, which are currently underway. Here is an update, as of October 2020, on those projects. 

Highland Village Road Sidewalk - Staff has approved the alignment of the new sidewalk which will connect to the existing sidewalk at the Municipal Complex and head east along the south side of Highland Village Road to The Robert & Lee DuVall Center, then connects on the north side of Highland Village Road to Lakeside Park then is on the south side to connect to the Copperas Trail adjacent to Wichita Forest Park. We are combining this project with the Victoria Park walking path improvement project and the trail extension from Chapel Hill to the FM 2499 tunnel on the west side of FM 2499 for a cost savings. The project will likely go out for bid late summer or early fall of 2020.

Brazos Park Parking Lot - The Brazos Park parking lot expansion is complete nearly doubling its parking capacity from 54 spaces to 106.

Victoria Park Walking Path - This project will go out for bid late summer to early fall of 2020.  

Unity Park  - Kids Kastle, Pond Improvements, and Softball Field Expansion
Kids Kastle - The Kids Kastle play area was designed and built by the community in 1994. Since that time many families have enjoyed playing at Kids Kastle. The structure reached the end of its useful life and was in need of replacement. Voters approved funding for the community build in a bond election held in November 2018.

The City contracted with Play by Design, LLC. The community involvement kicked off in September 2019 when a Design Day was held with Highland Village elementary schools and the community to gather their ideas for the playground. The consultant with Play by Design incorporated all the ideas, drew a schematic of the playground and presented to the community that same day. The community build, planned for March 23-26 and March 31-April 5, was postponed due to COVID-19. At that time, staff was able to secure May 18-21 with Play by Design, LLC to construct Phase 1 of the project. City staff, consultants from Play by Design, and contract construction workers were able to complete Phase 1 of the project. Phase 2 was then scheduled as a community build for July 20-25, which was subsequently cancelled again due to COVID-19. We have heard from the community and Council has directed staff to complete Kids Kastle as quickly as possible without compromising the ability to complete the Victoria Park path and the Highland Village Road sidewalk, which are the remaining 2018 bond projects, along with the Chapel Hill Trail connection. To that end, the contract with Play By Design, LLC has been amended to eliminate the community build component and replace it with a contractor-build agreement for Phase 2 construction supervision and to provide skilled labor as necessary. The total additional cost to complete Kids Kastle is $160,000.  It is estimated Kids Kastle will be complete in early to mid-December.

Pond Improvements - The dredging of both ponds is complete. This process increased the depth of the ponds on average of 2.5 feet, which will improve the overall health of the aquatic life and also provide more water holding capacity during periods of heavy rain.

Softball Field Expansion - The softball field has been added to Unity Park and is ready for use. Added amenities include USB charging ports, ADA accessible picnic tables, two warm-up stations, two batting cages, LED maintenance lights.