Four new synthetic turf athletic fields opened May 8 at Northeast Metropolitan Park in Pflugerville.
The project, funded by the 2017 voter-approved general obligation bond authority, includes a natural grass practice field and LED lighting. The general obligation bond totaled $184.94 million with $91.5 million allocated for parks and conservation easements, said Hector Nieto Travis County Commissioners Court public information officer. The overall budget for the project was $8.33 million.
The turf and infill mix on the synthetic fields help reduce temperatures on the fields and improve drainage, allowing fields to be playable after 20 minutes of heavy rain, according to a news release.
Reservations are required to use the fields. On the weekends rates are $40 an hour per field for groups and $35 an hour per field for nonprofit youth groups. Natural grass fields are $15 an hour per field for groups and $10 an hour per field for nonprofit youth groups.
Northeast Metropolitan Park features a skate park, multiuse fields, BMX race tracks, a splash pad, and picnic shelters along with a 2-mile trail for biking and jogging.