In a 6-1 vote, Kyle City Council directed their city manager to pursue objectives outlined in a special meeting presentation related to a city-owned indoor sports complex, instead of a community center project, on June 8.

The single dissenting vote was council member Miguel Zuniga.

Sorting out details

On June 18, the dais canceled a contract with Burditt Consultants LLC, which was originally contracted to conduct a feasibility study of Kyle Vista and Lake Kensington—sites that were being considered for a community center.

Council also approved an amended proposal from Stantec Consulting Services Inc. to include the conceptual design for the indoor sports complex, according to the presentation.

What you need to know

Kyle City Council is looking to call a November 2024 bond election for a city-owned, indoor sports complex​​​​ to complement the outdoor sportsplex park. Previously, council was looking to call a bond election for a community center with a senior center, library functions and recreational space.

Kyle residents voted for a $47 million bond package in November 2020, $10 million of which will go toward the land acquisition, planning, designing and improving land for parks throughout the city, according to previous reporting by Community Impact.

On July 19, 2020, Kyle City Council and Hays County commissioners signed an interlocal agreement for park and green space improvements as part of that bond. Under the agreement, the county will match the city’s pledged $10 million for three projects, which included an outdoor sportsplex park.

The outdoor sportsplex park was estimated to cost about $7 million with an additional $7 million being funded by the county, per the agreement.

The projects include the following:
  • A 1-mile multipurpose trail
  • Picnic areas
  • A covered pavilion
  • Outdoor public restrooms
  • An inclusive playground
  • A skateboard park
  • A competition soccer field complex
  • Basketball, sand volleyball courts
  • An outdoor amphitheater
  • Fitness/strength equipment
  • Recreation/practice fields
  • Landscaping
  • Parking
  • Environmental interpretation
According to an email from Director of Communications Rachel Sonnier, the interlocal agreement outlines the possible reimbursable expenses, but funding per amenity has not been determined yet.

A quick note

Zuniga said the city cannot call a bond for both a community center and indoor sportsplex project.

“We would be exhausting our bonding capacity if we did both projects,” he told Community Impact.

What’s next?

Council will issue a request for qualifications, or RFQ, for the design and development of a “signature park amenity,” at Lake Kensington Park in July or August, according to agenda documents.

Preliminary conceptual designs of the sports complex will be presented to council, and council will call a bond election for November in mid-August.