2020 is shaping up to be a big year for Cleburne’s parks with new equipment, refurbished and replaced amenities, and more.
The City of Cleburne is investing more than $556,000 this year in the Sports Complex and Splash Station to improve the parks’ lifespans, better the play experience, and attract more visitors.
“A common measurement of a city’s success is its parks and recreational facilities,” Mayor Scott Cain said. “These investments help the facilities put Cleburne on the map and for those visiting our city for the first time it introduces the community as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”
The Sports Complex
Last year, the Sports Complex hosted the most youth tournaments in recent history. To follow that success, the city is investing more than $339,412 to improve the facility and attract even more tournaments in the coming years.
The city sees the sports complex as a great destination for sports tourism and part of attracting more tournaments is providing amenities that improve the tournament experience. This year’s improvements include replacing the park’s worn batting cages, installing a new water control and irrigation system, replacing the aged playground, and building six bleacher shade structures.
The city is purchasing equipment to maintain the complex including an infield groomer, a ride-behind-unit to do maintenance without destroying turf or irrigation, and an aerovator to create a better turf system. These purchases are replacing older equipment or are newer technologies that will help facilitate staff’s maintenance efforts and improve the experience of tournament games.
“We are improving the Sports Complex to be a place where players from North Texas, the state, and the region want to play,” Aaron Dobson, Cleburne Parks and Recreation Director, said.
The city’s aquatic destination is receiving some TLC worth about $216,639 this year.
“These projects will make sure families can enjoy Splash Station for many years to come,” Dobson said. “They will also restore vital components to the park to a level not seen since opening day.”
The competition pool will receive a resurfacing to replace the pool’s original plaster surfacing. The current material is beyond its lifespan and has begun to deteriorate resulting in visible cracking.
Crews will recoat and refurbish Splash Station’s slides, tower, and play feature. These will restore the vibrant life to the park’s most popular amenities while extending their lifespans. The current pool heater is nearing the end of its life and staff will replace it this year as well.
Crews will resurface and stripe the parking lots, which will make them easier to navigate.