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Council to vote on which El Paso parks will receive flat fields

El Paso City Council to vote on park improvements

EL PASO, Texas - El Paso City Council is scheduled to receive an update regarding a Quality of Life bond project and city representatives will discuss the possibility of adding additional flat fields in certain parks, according to Tueday's agenda.

El Paso's Parks and Recreation Department is asking City Council give priority to several parks in the plan: the proposed Alameda Rec Center on Alameda Avenue and South Carolina Drive; the WWII Company E Park near Comanche Avenue and Tobin Place; Ponder Park between Viscount Boulevard and Edgemere Boulevard; Mary Webb Park on Missouri Avenue and Luna Street and the Modesto Gomez Park off the Border Highway.

The project has already been approved for $5 million. The proposed locations are entirely in districts three and eight. However, that could change if council members do not approve.

"City Council will determine whether we’re going to accept the priority list," said Cassandra Hernandez-Brown, who represents District 3.

The proposed plan also includes installing athletic lighting, trails and play equipment covered by canopies, according to the agenda.

“It’s recommended. It’s gone through all the channels," Brown said. "I don’t see why it wouldn’t be passed.”

Frank Dominguez has lived near the Mary Webb Park for five years.

"It’s a great blessing here," Dominguez said.

As he was celebrating a Labor Day barbecue with his family, Dominguez told ABC-7 that the park is a tremendous resource for his family.

“Actually, my kids enjoy it," Dominguez said.

Marcos Gutierrez has lived near the Alameda location for 29 years.

“It’s pretty good that they’re going to go and build something back there," Gutierrez said.

He was not aware of the proposed fields or the new Alameda Rec Center - which has already been approved by the city.

Guadalupe Priego, his neighbor, was also not aware of the proposed changes.

"It would be nice," Priego said. "This lot has been empty since a long time ago and we need something here for the community."

In February 2013, the council approved a three year-rollout of the Quality of Life Bond Projects and in January 2016, the council approved a revised plan for those projects.

The most costly proposed parts of the project are the proposed Modesto Gomez Park improvements at $1.75 million and the proposed Alameda Rec Center renovations at $1.5 million.

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