The recommended projects selected from Phase 1 of the Pflugerville master plan would close out the $25 million parks and recreation bond voted on in 2014, which outlined significant infrastructure improvements to the city's parks system.
The city’s parks and recreation commission began receiving public input from residents in August 2013, with three conceptual sketch plans presented by Halff Associates Inc. to the commission Oct. 17, 2013.
The original plan, reviewed and approved by the City Council in June 2014, outlined the implementation of a western trailhead along Silent Harbor Loop, providing direct access to the park and relocating some of the traffic away from the beach's main entrance on Weiss Lane. The plan also called for improvements to neighborhood vicinities, additional parking spaces to accommodate approximately 40 vehicles and restroom facilities.
Under the proposed new plans, Phase 1 would begin the construction of a new restroom facility, landscape elements, and renovated infrastructure and parking amenities along with electrical and lighting improvements.
For the western trailhead near Silent Harbor Loop, the plan would utilize the Biehle House property for the western trailhead's parking and adjacent community garden. The site would also allow for future offices and outdoor programming revenue opportunities.
During the June 25 meeting, Parks Department Director Shane Mize estimated the projected costs of Phase 1 as approximately $3.8 million, with recommendations based on the necessity of upgraded infrastructure to meet current demands.
Beyond Phase 1 of the plan, the June 2019 preliminary report presented by Halff Associates Inc. outlined a future expansion of Lake Pflugerville's shoreline and beach facilities, a new splash pad and a potential event lawn venue.
The proposed plan was unanimously approved by the council June 25.