Mineral Wells City Council on Tuesday was presented a conceptual plan for Southeast Park, commonly referred to as "Plastic Park."
Parks and Recreation Director Andy Tarkington provided a park redesign and master plan created by Schrickel Rollins at a cost of $2,500.
Located along S.E. 15th Street at S.E. 4th Avenue, the park has a ballfield, basketball court, covered pavilion and a playground with equipment. Parking is provided along the streets, and there is a portable restroom on site.
"Right now we have a playground that's really not functional," Tarkington said.
He said the playground equipment is badly outdated. The slide was removed because of its poor condition. Tarkington said the slide was several decades old, and the manufacturer was surprised to receive an inquiry about it.
"They said they didn't know any of those were still in use," Tarkington told council.
Updates to the park have been a concern of citizens and council members. Council budgeted monies to try and address some of the issues, including hope to provide some inclusive playground equipment for children with physical disabilities.
The improvements are not inexpensive. He said the permanent restrooms installed at West City Park cost around $100,000.
"We are operating a portable toilet, which is not desirable," he said of Southeast Park.
The neighborhood park's master plan shows converting the ballfield into a multi-purpose field, creating an inclusive playground, adding new walking paths, a resurfaced basketball court, new seating, landscaping, permanent restrooms and 11 parking spaces.
Tarkington said he plans to begin seeking grants to pay for improvements to the park, as well as improvements at other city parks and facilities. He said passage this week of Proposition 5 related to funding of parks and historic sites will help.
Some grants, such as ones through Texas Parks and Wildlife, require development of a parks open space master plan. He said the last one was completed around 1996 at the time of the city's last comprehensive plan.
Tarkington also presented council with various improvements and work at other parks facilities. He said work is continuing at Softball Field No. 1 with plans to bring back leagues in the spring.
Of pressing concern for Tarkington is the Aquatics Center, which was cited in a recently facilities report as in dire need of costly repairs or risk not opening next summer.