Tummons provided the estimate at a workshop meeting Jan. 30 after a question by Council Member Marci Cannon. Council was discussing a consent item detailing the naming of the new park’s six pavilions.
After the workshop, Tummons said that outside factors, such as weather, could postpone the park opening, but he remained committed to getting the park open by spring.
Lakewood Park, located east of Toll 183A and south of Crystal Falls Parkway, will include trails, a playground, a splash pad, restroom facilities, a skate park, a dog park, a boardwalk, basketball and volleyball courts, and a kayak pavilion, according to the city.
During the regular meeting Jan. 30, Leander City Council approved names for the new park’s six pavilions.
The size of Lakewood Park requires the city to name the pavilions so they can be easily identified by first responders, according to city documents. The names will also reduce confusion when residents inquire about rentals, according to the city.
The park’s pavilion names will be:
- Live Oak: the large, main pavilion
- Bluebonnet: the splash pad pavilion just north of Live Oak
- Cypress: the pavilion by the kayak launch
- Meadlowlark: the pavilion near the dam
- Mockingbird: the second, smaller pavilion near the dam
- Texas Sage: western pavilion by the water
The names came from the parks and recreation advisory board, which approved the list at a Jan. 14 meeting, according to city documents.
Bluebonnet and Live Oak will be in the northern part of the park, while Texas Sage, Mockingbird, Cypress and Meadowlark will lie close to the lake along the southern edge of the park.
According to the city’s website, the $8.75 million budget for the park's construction came from the following sources:
- $6.71 million: general obligation bond (2018)
- $800,000: parkland dedication fund (2018)
- $565,000: general obligation bond (2016)
- $270,000: parkland dedication fund (2016)
- $400,000: Texas Parks & Wildlife grant (2015)
On Oct. 17, council voted 4-3 to add a stage pavilion at a cost not to exceed $1.5 million.