Work begins on new Victoria splash park
Feb. 20, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Updated Feb. 19, 2012 at 8:20 p.m.
What now looks like just another muddy field will soon offer Crossroads kids cool relief from that South Texas sun.
Dirt work began Jan. 31 on Lone Tree Creek Park, located of East Airline Road.
The incoming city park will offer a 2,400-square-foot splash pad where water squirts and falls on kids and big kids alike, said Doug Cochran, director of parks and recreation for the city of Victoria. Other amenities include practice fields for soccer, baseball and softball, shady spots, a 30-acre natural area and a restroom.
Initial plans for the 127-acre park began about four years ago, Cochran said, but the economic downturn put brakes on the deal.
"It's not a terribly complicated project, but we felt better just waiting a little bit," he explained. "Things rebounded, as our finance people told us they would, and that's why we proceeded."
The $1.5 million project was funded partly through a $500,000 matching grant through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Cochran said.
Recent rains pushed back construction somewhat, he said, but the park is slated for completion in June.
Seadrift resident Brandie Morales said she and her family make trips to Schlitterbahn and Sheridan's Splashway Waterpark each summer and said having another way to cool off in the Crossroads was a good idea.
Edna resident Aron Wilson agreed. With three young children at home - ages 8, 6 and 2 - he said he was glad to hear of something new coming in.
"There's really nothing around here," he said, noting he hoped teenagers and older children let the younger kids have their fun. "I think it'll be awesome."
As for Wilson's 6-year-old stepson, Christian Gutierrez, he didn't think it sounded so bad either.
"It'll be good," he said, in between taking putts with his toy golf set at Riverside Park. "I like to do lots of fun stuff."