More than seven years after the first phase of the project began, the long-delayed second phase of Midlothian Community Park is drawing closer to fruition.
At a joint special called meeting and work session on Tuesday at the Midlothian Conference Center between the City Council and the Midlothian Community Development Corporation Board, commonly known as the 4B Board, plans for Phase 2 of the park were reviewed and discussed.
The second and final phase of the park was approved by Midlothian voters in a November 2017 referendum through more than $16 million in bonds for parks and recreation improvements.
The final build-out of the park will include six ballfields, an amphitheater with lawn seating, a wildflower meadow, a multipurpose sport court, several concrete and natural-surface trails, batting cages, a concession building, a pavilion, a fishing pond and sand volleyball courts among other features, all on the west side of 14th Street. Two parking lots with 514 total spaces are included in the Phase 2 design.
Phase 1 of the park broke ground in January 2015 and was opened in February 2017 on the eastern side of 14th Street. The initial phase of the park included 13 soccer fields, two regulation football fields with grandstands, tennis courts, a 5-mile walking trail and parking spaces.
The Midlothian City Council approved Phase 1 in March 2013 through the issuance of a $7.8 million general obligation bond.