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Council to vote on designating park land

By Brian Cuaron
June 19, 2011 at 1:19 a.m.


CHANGE IN PARK PLANThe city decided in April to use 11.29 acres of the park as a storm-water collection area.

The city added 13.84 acres to the natural area of the park to replace that lost acreage.

The Victoria City Council will vote on designating 127 acres to the Lone Tree Community Park project on Tuesday.

The 127.99 acres worth of park land will eventually house five soccer fields, five ballfields, a football/soccer field and a splash pad.

O.C. Garza, director of communications for the city, said that most of the park land is in a drainage basin for Lone Tree Creek. So during high rains, run-off can back up into the ballfields.

So using the land as a park area is the best use for the land, Garza said. It would also provide a park in an area that really doesn't have one.

The council will also vote on designating 31.56 acres of the park as a natural area. That part of the park is in a flood basin and only nature trails will be allowed to be built there.

The park is being built with a $1 million matching grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, according to city documents. The city received the grant in 2009, but didn't go ahead with the project back then due to the poor economy, Garza said.

The grant stipulates that the area must remain park land for eternity.

The city council will have its second and third readings on the designation of the entire park land, as well as the designation of part of the park as a natural area.

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