We want to update you on the progress on our very own neighborhood park which, as we speak, is being constructed by the City of Austin on the site of the old Unity Church on Del Curto. As you may or may not know, residents of SLNA have been trying for over a decade to get a park built within our neighborhood boundaries. These efforts are finally seeing the light of day.
If you drive along Del Curto past the new park, you might have noticed the area is completely fenced off. It’s easy to miss with the whirlwind of construction taking place both across the street and behind the park. The anticipated opening of the park is in September, just a couple months away.
Here is the construction timeline given to us by the City of Austin about a month ago:
1. Tree protection/ removal: PARD completed the tree protection and temporary erosion controls and has removed the trees scheduled for removal. June 2013.
2. Site Work: Grading at the park for the installation of the sidewalks, playscape, pavilion and basketball court is expected to begin in late July 2013.
3. Playscape: The installation is expected to be towards the end of August 2013.
4. Benches and Trash Receptacles: These items have already been purchased and will be delivered to the Parks Department by mid-July, 2013.
5. Kiosk/ Pavilion: PARD is finalizing the contract with the City of Austin Contract Management Department for the purchase of the kiosk and pavilion. Installation is expected to be a the beginning of September 2013.
6. Basketball Court: Installation of the court is expected by mid-September 2013.
I hope you and your family are just as excited about our new park as we are. As a reminder, you will be able to vote for the new park name nomination. See the details about that at the July 1, 2013 post on the SLNA website. The vote will take place at the next neighborhood meeting on August 15th. We will not be voting for the name outright, but for the name that we suggest to the City. The City has a formal policy it uses to decide the actual name and the name that we suggest is part of that process.
We would like to thank our Park Committee Chair, Bruce Evans, for diligently guiding/pushing/shoving the City of Austin into getting this project on track. We are getting closer to having our very own neighborhood park!