Weatherford Democrat

Front Page

July 18, 2013

Parks board OKs Heritage Park plan

— By BRIAN SMITH

A finalized concept plan was approved for Heritage Park by Parks and Recreation board members during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Dunaway Associates Project Manager Elizabeth McIlrath, who had been working with the city to develop a plan for several months, said a lot of good ideas for the plan came out of a public meeting in Heritage Park last month. The ideas for what to have in the park have been noted, including a small amphitheater, a heritage plaza to honor citizens and events that made a notable difference in the community, a dog park, a nature playground where playground equipment blends more noticeably with its park-like surroundings, and others.

As part of developing a concept plan, Dunaway Associates will produce preliminary cost estimates for what has been discussed, according to a staff report. Board members and the city council will then be able to determine what is most important and be able to pay for the projects in phases, McIlrath said.

Parks and Recreation Director Danielle Felts said once preliminary cost estimates are made, which Felts said should be in the next few weeks, the estimates will be brought back to the council for discussion and final approval.

Some of the potential cost of the upgrades is already onsite, Mcilrath said, including trees and utilities.

“Having things like all the beautiful trees for a backdrop and all utilities in place provides for a lot of flexibility in what you want to do,” McIlrath said.

New board member Thomas Moorman said he and his wife frequently used the trails and noted it was “exciting to see this come together.”

McIlrath said she and other Dunaway associates went and looked at other parks in the Metroplex to garner ideas and how things would look in the Weatherford space, which will be divided into two areas separated by Jack Borden Way. Directional signs would direct people on the hike and bike trail to the new additions.

Text Only
Front Page
  • 0423 one ribbon cutting main.jpg Almost there

    A ribbon-cutting on a bright, beautiful Tuesday morning — attended by more than 135 people — marked the near-finish of the Ric Williamson Memorial Highway, the centerpiece and largest project of the $80 million Parker County Transportation Bond approved by voters in November of 2008.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Azle couple charged with leaving child in car outside bar

    A couple who, police say, left their 12-year-old son in the car while getting drunk at a Reno bar Friday night were charged with endangering their child. 

    April 23, 2014

  • Burglary suspects caught after stop for unlit license plate

    Three men police believe burglarized a Willow Park convenience store early Monday morning didn’t make it far. 

    April 23, 2014

  • Annetta gets A+ bond rating

    Annetta’s general obligation bond rating has improved significantly, jumping several levels of creditworthiness from the rating the city received last year. 

    April 23, 2014

  • puckett.jpg Q&A: The race for WISD Place 6

    MEET THE CANDIDATES

     

    With some contested races in area school board and city council races on the May 10 ballots, the WD will provide a closer look at some of those through a question-and-answer feature with the candidates. Early voting begins April 28. Today we look at the candidates running for Place 6 of the Weatherford ISD school board.

    April 23, 2014 2 Photos

  • Curtis Elementary 1.jpg Interactive reading program comes to Curtis

    A new reading trend has been sweeping the country — Wandoo Planet, an interactive reading program that allows kids to choose books based on their interests.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Springtown drainage project to cost less

    Parker County commissioners, who recently learned that the first phase of the Springtown Main Street drainage project will cost $400,000 less than engineers have estimated, have voted to revise the total budget from $2.2 million to $1.4 million and adjust the county’s 50 percent cost-share agreement with the City of Springtown so each entity pays $700,000 instead of $1.1 million.

    April 22, 2014

  • WHS student killed in single-vehicle wreck

    A Weatherford High School junior involved in a single-vehicle crash Thursday died Friday at a Fort Worth hospital. 

    April 21, 2014

  • students.jpg Is opting out an option?

    One local parent has taken it upon herself to make her voice heard. Michelle Osterkamp, who has two children attending Mary Martin Elementary, began to research the opt-out method after talking with some of her teacher friends.

    April 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taste of Parker County logo.jpg Canyon West to host Taste of Parker County

    Prepare your taste buds, because the sixth annual Taste of Parker County is just a few short weeks away, and this year’s event has moved to a larger location to accommodate even more great eats and treats.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' Obama to Oso: We'll Be Here As Long As It Takes Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks