Pflugerville officials approve $1.13M for improvements to Gilleland Creek Pool and Park

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Among other improvements, proposed work would raise the facility's elevation to prevent future flood and other damage. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Among other improvements, proposed work would raise the facility's elevation to prevent future flood and other damage. (Courtesy city of Pflugerville)

Editor's Note: This story has been amended to reflect Council Member Omar Pena's absence from the June 8 meeting, stating the motion passed 4-2, not 5-2.

After discussing at length four options for what to do with money remaining after voting in April against a project to replace structures at the Gilleland Creek Pool and Park, Pflugerville officials voted to go ahead with those improvements.

During a June 8 City Council meeting, officials were presented with four options for how to allocate $1.13 million that did not originally go toward the overhaul of the pool facility located at 700 N. Railroad Ave.

The presentation broke down details for options A through D, with price tags all totaling the available $1.13 million.

Option A called for a parks maintenance facility for a project called 1849 Park, located at 16430 Cameron Road, that would include a daily meeting space with storage for tools and supplies.

Option B proposed the using the money for Phase 1 improvements at 1849 Park that include football field lights, a parking lot expansion and field drainage improvements.

Option C proposed a remodel of the city's Heritage House Museum, also known as Bohls House, that would include a green room and utilities renovations.

Option D reintroduced the Gilleland Creek Pool proposal that is referred to by the city as the Gilleland Creek Pool Bathhouse.

Among other improvements, proposed work included in option D would raise the facility's elevation to prevent future flood and other damage and would remove and replace the buildings at the pool due to its location within a floodplain.

Sentiment in favor of option D proved most substantial, both among council members and residents who provided written and oral testimony during public comment of the agenda item. Those who spoke in favor of the pool improvements spoke of the need to improve the bathroom facilities there, among other overhauls.

City staff stated of the four options, the pool is most used by city residents.

The motion passed 4-2, with Mayor Victor Gonzales and Council Member David Rogers voting no.
By Brian Rash
Brian has been a reporter and editor since 2012. He wrote about the music scene in Dallas-Fort Worth before becoming managing editor for the Graham Leader in Graham, Texas, in 2013. He relocated to Austin, Texas, in 2015 to work for Gatehouse Media's large design hub. He became the editor for the Lake Travis-Westlake publication of Community Impact in August 2018. From there he became a dual-market editor for Community Impact's New Braunfels and San Marcos-Buda-Kyle editions. Brian is now a senior editor for the company's flagship papers, the Round Rock and Pflugerville-Hutto editions.


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