City of Aransas Pass Approves to Move Forward with Community Park Master Plan

At the June 6 city council meeting, the Aransas Pass Mayor Adan Chapa and council approved the plans for the Community Park Master Plan which include a skate park and dog park. The city has partnered with local engineer Eli Dela Cruz who provided the engineering design and will oversee the project management once the project goes out for bids.

Dela Cruz explained he is a retired engineer who moved to Aransas Pass, and City Manager Sylvia Carrillo brought him on to design the Community Park Master Plan. “I’ve been very detailed in my research and planning for this project,” Dela Cruz. “I want to make sure we get the plans the best they can be so these projects are done correctly the first time.”

The concrete for the skate park and Shrimporee vendor pad had already been laid at Community Park as part of the contract awarded to R&A Construction on May 16. The project was stopped after residents voiced concerns about foul balls being hit toward the skate park.

The mayor and council approved to move forward with the locations of the dog park and skate park with Dela Cruz explaining he felt the locations were fine. As part of the approval, netting will be added around the skate park and dog park to eliminate the concerns of foul balls entering. The location of the skate park will be next to the little league fields on the south end of Community Park near the parking lot. The dog park will be located beyond the left field fence of the adult softball fields. A pavilion next to the Shrimporee vendor pad was also talked about, and according to Dela Cruz, the decision has been made to hold off on the pavilion to a later date.

The next step in the Community Park Master Plan is to fine tune the electrical and utility plans for the electrical panel for the Shrimporee vendor pad and dog park. Once the plans are finalized, the city will go out for bids for the electrical and utility work. The earliest time frame for bidding would be August at the earliest according to Dela Cruz. He’s early ballpark estimate as to what the project work will cost is around $85,000.

Dela Cruz talked about the importance of the electrical panel for the vendor pad on the Shrimporee grounds once Aransas Pass Fire Department Fire Chief William Cox brought up the safety concerns. “At Shrimporee without the panel, you see a lot of clutter, tape and cords everywhere,” Dela Cruz said. “With the panel, you won’t have to worry about the safety concerns, the clutter and the area will be able to be used more and more outside of Shrimporee.”

The proposed plan has configured 14 electrical panels for the possible 14 vendor booths. “Some of the panels are designed to handle a small electrical load while two will be used to provide power to the heavy users,” Dela Cruz said. “That provides optimum flexibility at minimal cost.” The way the panels will be set up are still in the works according to Dela Cruz. The option he has in mind is a post where the panel can be placed each time it is used then stored when the panel is not being used. Dela Cruz said that option is subject to change with more planning.

At the June 6 city council meeting, the Aransas Pass Mayor Adan Chapa and council approved the plans for the Community Park Master Plan which include a skate park and dog park. The city has partnered with local engineer Eli Dela Cruz who provided the engineering design and will oversee the project management once the project goes out for bids.

Dela Cruz explained he is a retired engineer who moved to Aransas Pass, and City Manager Sylvia Carrillo brought him on to design the Community Park Master Plan. “I’ve been very detailed in my research and planning for this project,” Dela Cruz. “I want to make sure we get the plans the best they can be so these projects are done correctly the first time.”

The concrete for the skate park and Shrimporee vendor pad had already been laid at Community Park as part of the contract awarded to R&A Construction on May 16. The project was stopped after residents voiced concerns about foul balls being hit toward the skate park.

The mayor and council approved to move forward with the locations of the dog park and skate park with Dela Cruz explaining he felt the locations were fine. As part of the approval, netting will be added around the skate park and dog park to eliminate the concerns of foul balls entering. The location of the skate park will be next to the little league fields on the south end of Community Park near the parking lot. The dog park will be located beyond the left field fence of the adult softball fields. A pavilion next to the Shrimporee vendor pad was also talked about, and according to Dela Cruz, the decision has been made to hold off on the pavilion to a later date.

The next step in the Community Park Master Plan is to fine tune the electrical and utility plans for the electrical panel for the Shrimporee vendor pad and dog park. Once the plans are finalized, the city will go out for bids for the electrical and utility work. The earliest time frame for bidding would be August at the earliest according to Dela Cruz. He’s early ballpark estimate as to what the project work will cost is around $85,000.

Dela Cruz talked about the importance of the electrical panel for the vendor pad on the Shrimporee grounds once Aransas Pass Fire Department Fire Chief William Cox brought up the safety concerns. “At Shrimporee without the panel, you see a lot of clutter, tape and cords everywhere,” Dela Cruz said. “With the panel, you won’t have to worry about the safety concerns, the clutter and the area will be able to be used more and more outside of Shrimporee.”

The proposed plan has configured 14 electrical panels for the possible 14 vendor booths. “Some of the panels are designed to handle a small electrical load while two will be used to provide power to the heavy users,” Dela Cruz said. “That provides optimum flexibility at minimal cost.” The way the panels will be set up are still in the works according to Dela Cruz. The option he has in mind is a post where the panel can be placed each time it is used then stored when the panel is not being used. Dela Cruz said that option is subject to change with more planning.

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