The City of El Paso is tackling two major parks and recreation projects today. City Council is looking to provide more money, to help growth on the eastside. So far, they say there are a lot of services and amenities, some of which are already available.
The City says they have been listening to the requests from the community, asking where they want money to be spent.
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting city staff gave an update on two major projects: The Eastside Regional Park and the Eastside Sports Complex. Both are expected to be completed in 2020.
The total budget for the Regional Park is over $59 million and will include an indoor natatorium a multi-generational community center and a themed outdoor water park.
“I think once we complete the sports complex the additional 8 fields will be the biggest in the city looking to be more attractive regionally and nationally for some of these tournaments that we can host in the future,” said Sam Rodriguez, El Paso City Engineer.
Currently, the Eastside Sports Complex is already open with 8 fields open. Over 124,000 players and spectators are anticipated to visit the facility in 2019. The budget for the east side sports complex is approximately 20 million dollars. Which includes the addition of 8 competition fields, fencing for access control and one championship field.
“Its intended to bring a higher level of tournaments for the community and for the advocates and those who are using these facilities, that’s what they have really asked us for,” said Laura Cruz-Acosta with the City of El Paso.
Recently the sports complex has been under fire, some have said that the prices of the new complex are too high. It’s $35 a season to play at the sports complex, which is up from the original $10 a season. Council says these prices are necessary because this is not a standard sports facility.
Two other things the council says they are working on include, public safety, and street improvements. With budget season approaching they want your input. The City wants to hear from the community regarding current projects, and what project they want to see in the future.