New Braunfels officials break ground on first phase of Mission Hill Park project

City of New Braunfels officials on Feb. 23 broke ground on Mission Hill Park. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
City of New Braunfels officials on Feb. 23 broke ground on Mission Hill Park. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

City of New Braunfels officials on Feb. 23 broke ground on Mission Hill Park. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)

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City of New Braunfels officials on Feb. 23 broke ground on Mission Hill Park. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
City of New Braunfels officials on Feb. 23 broke ground on what will be the city’s next public park.

Located at one of the highest points in the city, Mission Hill Park is a 10-acre property at 2100 Independence Drive that was dedicated to the New Braunfels Parks Foundation in 2012, according to the city.

According to city documents, the park has been awaiting available funding since the Mission Hill Park Master Plan was approved in 2016.

The master plan calls for a parking lot, a trail system, an observation tower, signage and more. The city in 2016 estimated the final cost to complete the park would be approximately $3 million.

In November, the city issued an invitation for a competitive sealed proposal for Phase 1 improvements to the park and contracted with Fischer Construction Co., Terracon and Parkhill.


Fischer Construction Co. responded to the city’s proposal to construct a parking lot and trail within the park and submitted a proposal for $297,588 and the city-recommended 12% contingency of $35,711. The total contract with Fischer Construction will not exceed $333,299.

Additionally, the city approved a $9,905 contract with Terracon for construction materials testing services and a $47,000 contract with Parkhill for additional design, bidding and construction administration services.

In total, the needed funding for the first phase of the project is $390,204, according to the city. Approximately $180,000 will come from the city’s park development fund; $95,000 will come from the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department’s general fund budget; and the remaining $115,204 will come from general fund reserves.

“This is a small piece in a much larger vision,” said Harry Bowers, the City Council representative for District 3. “This is just Phase 1A.”

A timeline for the entire project has not yet been announced by the city.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.