Friday, August 16, 2013

City Continues Pocket Park Trend

West Side Property to be Transformed

Another vacant property will soon become a neighborhood pocket park in west El Paso, and the City will hold a community meeting next week to inform the public about the project. The City has awarded the contract for the Fiesta/Balboa Park and construction should begin in late August.
The new pocket park will take the place of a leveled residential lot.

The property currently consists of a concrete slab, driveway, and sidewalks for what used to be a single family home. Construction crews will clear out the .20 acre lot and install a new basketball court, playground equipment, colored concrete sidewalks, rock walls with wrought iron detail, a landscape scheme with irrigation, and lighting fixtures.

The small, pocket park will serve the neighborhood in the surrounding streets. Currently, residents must cross busy Mesa Street to the north or travel over half a mile to the southwest to reach the nearest parks.

City officials will hold the community meeting about the project on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 5:30 p.m. at Putnam Elementary School, located at 6508 Fiesta Drive.

Funding for the project comes from 2012 Quality of Life bonds approved by voters. The $197,777 contract was awarded to Black Stallion LB Construction of El Paso in May. The park should be ready for use in February 2014.