HICKORY CREEK — An estimated $90,000 will be used for repairs and improvements for five Hickory Creek parks that are in need of lighting fixtures, picnic tables, barbecue grills and landscaping.
The town’s parks and recreation department ordered the park fixtures and expect shipments to arrive this week. Board chairman Tom Bont said the project also includes bathroom repairs and extending a park’s basketball court.
The five-park project should be finished by the end of October, he said.
“About 80 percent of the work should be completed by the end of September. We’re trying to get this all done as soon as possible,” he said.
The goal of the project is to maintain and increase park attendance. Bont said several residents have told him what kind of changes they would like to see made to the parks. Town staff members also surveyed each park to identify needed changes.
“We’ve continued to have high attendance for the last few years, and I think that’s because people like our parks,” Bont said. “Hickory Creek takes its parks seriously.”
The parks to be refurbished are Tanglewood, Harbor Lane, Arrow Head, Sycamore Bend and Point Vista. Each of the parks, with the exception of Tanglewood, is leased from the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers but operated by Hickory Creek.
Bont said all of the parks are in great shape, but each one could use a few updates and repairs.
A playground at Point Vista Park that was damaged by a fire during the summer will also be repaired. The fire occurred after other park improvements were identified and cost estimates had been approved.
“The cost to repair it will come out of the town’s budget,” Bont said. “We don’t know how it started.”
Rachelle Franklin, who spent Monday afternoon strolling through Sycamore Bend Park, said she thinks spending $90,000 on the parks is a wise investment. The Corinth resident said parks should be a high priority for any city or town.
“It shouldn’t be the top priority, but people come out here every day, so I think it’s important that it meets the people’s needs,” she said.
Bont said the repairs are not only for Hickory Creek residents, but for the entire area.
“We have five parks in one town. That’s a lot for a small town like us, and they are valuable assets,” he said. “We’re doing this for the people in Corinth, Lake Dallas and everyone else in the county, too.”
JOHN D. HARDEN can be reached at 940-566-6882. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org .