Planning continues on the second phase of the Midlothian Community Park. City officials are working to assess what components are needed to develop the 50-acre parcel.
Voters approved the needed funding for the second phase of the park with the passage of more than $16 million in bonds for parks and recreation improvements in November.
Phase one of the park opened in February 2017.
Director of Parks and Recreation Brad Barnes stated it will be a multi-year project that will consume a lot of time and resources. He noted that the city would reach out to the public for their thoughts and ideas of what they want this space to be in the future.
“During the preliminary engineering and report preparation, we are going to talk about what specific components that we want to have,” Barnes said. “So we are going to have some meetings with baseball and softball associations to see what their needs are going to be in the next 10, 15, and 20 years.”
He added that the city will also have focus groups and public forums where discussions can be held to see what to incorporate into the park. The information will also help city staff judge outdoor recreation trends.
Some of the features of the park under consideration include athletic facilities for tennis, basketball, and sand volleyball courts.
Barnes noted community members have asked for an amphitheater in the second phase.
Along with the amenities will be infrastructure improvements that include parking lots, roads, sidewalks, curbing, utilities and upgrades to the existing ponds.
Schrickel, Rollins and Associates, Inc. out of Arlington, are doing the preliminary engineering report. The firm has worked to develop park space in the cities of Arlington, Coppell, Dallas, and the University of Texas at Arlington. They have also done projects in Midlothian that include the city's sports park on 14th Street.
“What this report is going to do is to look at what components that we want to have, get some detailed survey information, and the phasing and costs. So it is just getting our ducks in a row,” Barnes explained. “We should have the preliminary engineering report completed this summer."
He added the city selected Schrickel, Rollins, and Associates because they have a successful history of developing parks and recreation projects in the Metroplex.
Upon the completion of the preliminary engineering report, the project will enter into the engineering portion. Engineering is estimated to take a year to a year and a half to complete. The park is located east of Farm-to-Market Road 663 and north of Ashford Lane.
Barnes stated since opening the first phase of the park it has seen a lot of use from the public and anticipates that to continue with the second phase.