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City of Tyler Parks see many updates and improvements

February 28, 2018

Press Release
For Immediate Release
Feb. 28, 2018
City of Tyler Parks see many updates and improvements
The Southside Park bathroom reconstruction began on Tuesday, Feb. 27. In January, the Tyler City Council approved the investment of $43,364 for repairs at Southside Park. In May of 2017, a fire damaged the restroom facility, leaving it inoperable for park goers. A construction contract was awarded to Caspian Construction Company to make these repairs.
“Southside Park sits on the Rose Rudman Trail so it is a heavily trafficked park,” said Russ Jackson, Parks Department Director. “We are glad to get these restrooms repaired and back up and running for visitors.”
Other parks improvements in progress
Hillside Park
• Hillside Park CIP preparations (south of Erwin Street) - The orange construction fence has gone up, playground equipment and other amenities removed, and the area will continue to be under renovation for several months.
• Hillside soccer (north of Erwin Street) – The field and amenities are being refreshed, to include a mixture of new fencing and repairs of old.  Two additional portable restrooms have been added so children (and adults) do not have to cross Erwin Street during a game to visit a park restroom facility. Other projects to be completed over the next few weeks will include shrub removals, concrete path from fence gate to bleachers, light pole repairs, removal of basketball court and repairs to existing field soil/grass for better soccer play.
Faulkner Park
• The upper concession stand is being renovated this month, with expectations to open in early March.
• The construction for a fishing pier has been solicited for bids. The deadline for bid submittals is March 5.
• Baseball Field #4 received a full renovation of soil/sod replacement on the infield (from backstop to crown).
Fun Forest Park 
• Texas College has contracted to use Tommy Paul Field. This field was designed originally as a baseball field. At the request of Texas College, due to collegiate use, the field has been transformed into a softball field, with new diamond dimensions, new sod and new bleacher and dugout seats. 
•  Dixie League will be contracting this week to use the remainder of the fields for youth ball (baseball, softball and t-ball).
• The swimming pool facility is in dire need of repairs, and are currently in progress, so that swimming will begin soon!
Lindsey Park
• The soccer fields are looking AMAZING and GREEN thanks to the hard work and dedication of Parks staff.
• New signage will begin appearing around the park. Keep your eye out for new directional and identification signage.
Rose Rudman Trail
• New LED trail lights will be up and going by the end of March (pending weather).
• Silt builds up under the bridges after heavy rains. This is an ongoing issue, where staff take shovels, and tractors with front end loaders to remove the silt at each underpass.  This project will be addressed this week, as a result of our recent rains.
About Tyler Parks and Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department provides oversight for the City’s open spaces, athletic complexes and recreation ally oriented programs for the use of all citizens. Staff members diligently maintain a proactive maintenance program for over 27 park areas including oversight of maintenance activities on 23 playgrounds, traffic islands and medians, landscaping at City buildings and cemeteries and the downtown square. They also provide for the propagation of seasonal and perennial plant materials utilized in the Parks beautification programs, as well as the maintenance of over worth of trees in the Parks system. The mission of the Tyler Parks and Recreation Department is to improve the quality of life for our citizens and guests by providing superior parks, cemeteries, recreational and tourism opportunities. Our vision is to provide residents and visitors with attractive outdoor spaces that are well maintained while continuing to be fiscally responsible. Learn more at www.TylerParksandRec.com.
About the City of Tyler
The City of Tyler, known as the “Rose Capital of the World,” is home to approximately 115,000 residents and is the major regional center for east Texas. Approximately 250,000 people come into the city each day to work, shop, and seek medical care or attend one of our four colleges and universities.  Through conservative financial planning, we provide top-quality customer service to citizens, while paying cash for infrastructure needs and ensuring that the City’s collected revenues exceed expenditures. The City of Tyler has no tax supported debt and an AAA bond rating, a water supply that will last the next 75 years and we have landfill space to last until 2110. The City also provides residents with more than 1,000 acres of parkland which comprise 27 parks throughout Tyler. Our competitive fire protection rating is held by only 4% in the State and our Police Department is one of the first accredited in Texas. Our vision is to be the standard of performance excellence in local government. Learn more by visiting us online at www.CityofTyler.org.

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