Park concept plans
The city hall grounds plan was created to complement commercial and civic areas, she said, with the economic development committee proposing a multipurpose band shell, parking, a skate spot and/or multi-use plaza, restrooms and a memorial to honor veterans.
Community Center Park is proposed as a family destination, with a splash pad, renovation of the multi-use sport court, parking, a community garden, nature trails, outdoor fitness, playground and restrooms.
Elm Street/Brown Trail, a pocket park to enhance commercial development, is programmed for seating, native landscaping and a sign highlighting Aledo’s history.
Bearcat Park, a joint facility between the city and the Aledo ISD, was left largely unchanged. Planners recommended multi-use sport courts, an asphalt parking lot, trails, picnic tables and benches.
Mockingbird Park is proposed to remain a natural area, Planners suggested renovating and extending the trail system Boy Scouts have constructed and adding a small toddler playground, barbecue grills, picnic areas and benches.
In Howard Way Park, which connects two neighborhoods, planners addressed safety issues by removing fencing and adding lighting, Wyatt said. They also suggested enlarging the park by taking in more of the right-of way and adding new playground equipment, landscaping and picnic areas.
In the trail system plan planners created five types of trails to address both connectivity and recreation.
To implement the master plan, IUS suggested grant resources, subdivision ordinance changes, optional park land sites and cost estimations.
“It’s an educational plan in the sense that it enables people to learn a great deal about themselves, what they’re capable of, about each other, about the history of the area, the environment,” Mayor Pro Tem Bill McLeRoy commented. “I see it guiding generations of children, families and grandparents. Rather than a thing, it becomes an important process.”