Hutto officials consider nearly $4M in park improvements

The Hutto Parks Advisory Board presented $3.9 million in proposed park improvements to City Council on Nov. 4. (Carson Ganong/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Hutto Parks Advisory Board presented $3.9 million in proposed park improvements to City Council on Nov. 4. (Carson Ganong/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Hutto Parks Advisory Board presented $3.9 million in proposed park improvements to City Council on Nov. 4. (Carson Ganong/Community Impact Newspaper)

Hutto is looking at a slew of improvements and renovations to four of its parks, projects which total around $3.9M

The Hutto Parks Advisory Board presented the proposed projects to Hutto City Council at a Nov. 4 meeting.

Proposed improvements to Hutto Lake Park, located at 808 Estate Dr., total $1.02M. The projects are broken down as follows:

  • $45,000 for restroom and pavilion renovations;

  • $470,000 for play area improvements;

  • $200,000 for basketball court improvements;

  • $5,000 for rotunda improvements; and

  • $302,000 for site work, markup and contingency.


Proposed improvements to Fritz Park, located at 400 Park St., total $1.09 million. The projects are broken down as follows:


  • $45,000 for restroom and pavilion renovations;

  • $15,000 for existing sports infrastructure improvements;

  • $671,000 for basketball court improvements;

  • $63,000 for water feature and trail improvements; and

  • $293,000 for site work, markup and contingency.


Proposed improvements to Creekside Park, located at 305 Orchard Way, total $1.35 million. The projects are broken down as follows:


  • $45,000 for restroom and pavilion renovations;

  • $257,000 for parking lot improvements;

  • $5,000 for backstops;

  • $682,000 for two new sports fields; and

  • $366,000 for site work, markup and contingency.


Proposed improvements to Community Park, located at 514 S. Pauley Drive, total $473,000. The projects are broken down as follows:


  • $115,000 for basketball court improvements;

  • $230,000 for new restrooms; and

  • $128,000 for site work, markup and contingency.


Funding for these projects will come from the park improvement fund. The balance of the fund is around $1.7 million, meaning the city will not be able to pursue all the proposed projects.

The parks board organized the proposed projects into several different priority levels. Priority A projects, the highest priority, include only restroom renovations for the parks and total $192,000.

Parks board Chair Perry Savard said although some are more necessary than others, the proposed improvements are all necessary because improving Hutto's parks will draw in more visitors and residents.


“Parks and recreation is where we’re severely lacking," Savard said. "There is nothing for kids to do in this town right now.”

The council directed city staff to put together a plan for moving forward with all restroom renovation projects, restroom construction at Community Park and lights at Hutto Lake Park. The council will vote on the plan at its next meeting Nov. 18.

"I have no doubt we want our parks to look amazing and be beautiful," Council Member Mandi Villarreal Salvo said. "We don't want people going to Round Rock's parks or Taylor's; we want them here."


MOST RECENT

The Austin Trail of Lights will open nighly from Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. (Courtesy Trail of Lights Foundation)
PHOTOS: Austin Trail of Lights returns to Zilker Park this week

The traditional holiday light show is open from Nov. 28 through New Year's Eve.

Commissioners on Nov. 22 voted to approve a density change to preliminary plans for The Preserve, a neighborhood that city documents said could include 565 single-family homes at the northeast corner of Teel and Panther Creek Parkways. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Neighborhood near PGA Frisco could see larger lots; ERCOT says Texas power grid ready for expected winter demand and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 24.

Local and state officials have made statements welcoming Samsung to Taylor following the announcement that the city will be home to its new $17 billion semiconductor fabrication plant. (Courtesy KXAN)
State, local officials react to Texas governor, Samsung joint announcement

Local and state officials have made statements welcoming Samsung to Taylor following the announcement that the city will be home to its new $17 billion semiconductor fabrication plant. 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sits beside Samsung CEO Dr. Kinam Kim as he announces the company is brining a $17 billion facility to Taylor. (Screnshot via KXAN)
Samsung makes it official: Announcement from Governor's Mansion confirms $17B facility coming to Taylor

Nearly a year after Williamson County officials began pitching Samsung to bring a megafacility to the area, the electronics giant has made it official.

Bill Curci is a chief operating partner for Shuck Me, a seafood restaurant in Fort Worth. (Bailey Lewis/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Fort Worth restaurant Shuck Me is fishing- and family-centric; a guide to Houston's 2021 Thanksgiving Day Parade and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 23.

The following commercial projects have been filed through the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. (Screenshot courtesy Google Maps)
See the 5 latest commercial projects filed in Round Rock and Pflugerville, including new renovations to dentistry

Find out what renovations and new construction are underway or set to begin soon in Round Rock and Pflugerville.

Vic's Street Treats operated for two years in the Bryan/College Station area before moving to Pflugerville and joining forces with TastyAF. (Courtesy TastyAF)
Joint food truck TastyAF and Vic's Street Treats now open in Pflugerville

A mother-and-daughter-owned food truck serving Birria dishes and fruit-based desserts is now open on Vision Drive.

Lizzy and Brandon Simon are running the North Austin location. (Courtesy Lizzy Simon)
Operation Turkey to provide thousands in need with Thanksgiving meals

One local couple is running a North Austin site with the goal of serving 2,500 meals to those in need this Thanksgiving.

CrossFit Texas moved to a new location at 641 W. Front Street, Hutto in November. (Courtesy CrossFit Texas)
5 of the most popular businesses that came to Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto this year

From eateries to gyms to coffee shops and more, the area continues to attract establishments at a rapid pace.

Williamson County officials met with Samsung executives at Dell Diamond in January. (Courtesy Williamson County)
For the love of the game: How baseball may have been perfect start for Samsung in Williamson County

The first attempt to bring Samsung to Williamson County relied on a passion for what is considered America’s pastime.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during Winter Storm Uri in February. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
ERCOT: Texas power grid ready for expected winter demand

The state's electric grid manager also said extreme weather could once again result in outages.