2018 Bond - Parks Projects

The City issued $4.29 million for several different projects, which are currently underway. Here is an update, as of March 2019, on those projects and opportunities for you to be involved in the process. 

Highland Village Road Sidewalk - City staff is working with BW2 Engineers on the Highland Village Road sidewalk alignment. The new sidewalk will connect to the existing sidewalk at the Municipal Complex and head east along Highland Village Road to connect to the Copperas Trial adjacent to Wichita Forest Park. The sidewalk will provide critical connectivity to the City Trail for residents that live in the neighborhoods along Highland Village Road between the Municipal Complex and Wichita Forest Park. Engineering for the sidewalk is expected to be completed by Spring 2019.
Brazos Park Parking Lot - The Brazos Park parking lot expansion is complete nearly doubling its parking capacity from 54 spaces to 106. The new parking lot will alleviate parking pressure on Highland Village Road during the football season.
Unity Park  - Pond Improvements, Kids Kastle, and Softball Field Expansion
The pond renovation and drainage improvements are currently under design and are expected to be completed by late spring, with the bidding process to start soon afterward. The project scope of work includes removal of accumulated silt and reconfigure the pond to accommodate a 50-year flood which will also benefit the surrounding areas. This work will impact the dog park and the Kids Kastle project. One of the design elements for drainage improvements for the pond will consist of adding drainage culverts through the narrow part of the large dog park. Once the culverts are in place, the contractor will start work immediately to establish grass over the top of the culverts. Users of the dog park can expect some temporary changes to the park during construction with the goal of minimizing closures. The renovated pond will be larger than it currently is in order to meet the critical water retention and drainage needs for the site. We anticipate the pond and drainage improvements to start this summer and be completed in the spring of 2020.

The City recently received a donation of $125,000.00 from the Highland Village Park Foundation for site improvements surrounding the Kids Kastle and the pavilion area at Unity Park. This project will improve circulation and provide much-needed entry improvements into the park and Kids Kastle. Combining this new project with the pond improvements and adding the demo of Kids Kastle will provide a cost savings for the city, ensure proper drainage for the Kids Kastle area, and will significantly reduce the overall construction time. We anticipate construction of the pond, the above-mentioned site improvements, and the demo of Kids Kastle to start this summer.
We currently have red stone pavers that were donated by residents that we’d like to return to those who wish to have them. If you have a stone paver you’d like to pick up, please contact us at hvparks@highlandvillage.org. Please include the names on the paver and as many details as possible in the e-mail. We anticipate beginning the Kids Kastle project early this fall and will provide opportunities for community involvement in the process. We will keep you informed on this site, our social media pages, Nextdoor, utility bill insert and quarterly newsletter.

Staff is receiving Request For Statement(s) of Qualifications from consultants who specialize in community-built playgrounds for the replacement of Kids Kastle. Once the statements are received, city staff will start the review and grading process with the goal of having a consultant recommendation to council this summer. The community engagement and design process with the consultant for Kids Kastle is expected to start this fall. The City anticipates construction of the new Kids Kastle to start in the winter of 2020.
Paver Stones
Victoria Park Walking Path - The Victoria Park walking path engineering is expected to be completed this summer.