This east-side Frisco park is in line for a $2.5 million facelift

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The playground elements at Shepherds Glen Park in Frisco will be getting an upgrade, according to a contract approved by the Frisco City Council on May 18. (Valerie Wigglesworth/Community Impact Newspaper)

The playground elements at Shepherds Glen Park in Frisco will be getting an upgrade, according to a contract approved by the Frisco City Council on May 18. (Valerie Wigglesworth/Community Impact Newspaper)

A $2.5 million upgrade is in the works for Shepherds Glen Park next to Gunstream Elementary in east Frisco.

The Frisco City Council voted May 18 to proceed with a $300,000 contract for design services with Dallas-based Studio TLA. The studio will be working with a $2.5 million construction budget, according to city documents.

The 14-acre park was originally completed in 2006, according to the city's website. It also is home to one of Frisco's three spray parks. Shepherds Glen Park is located along the College Parkway Hike and Bike Trail between Canoe Road and Shepherds Hill Drive.

According to a city parks staff memo, Studio TLA will draft plans to include a larger splash pad area, larger playground elements, new parking areas and pedestrian paths. Also in the plans are a retrofit to the existing shade structure, benches and tables, additional trees and landscaping, new parking areas and park lighting, the memo stated. The contract also calls for improvements to the park's public art area, which features stones crafted into sheep and poetry stamped into nearby steps. The artwork is called "Black and White and Read All Over" by Robin Brailsford.

City Council Member Will Sowell said at the May 18 meeting that reinvesting in the city is among the council's top 10 priorities this year.

"This is one of those reinvesting elements," he said. "We have to continue to maintain the assets that we have in the city in order that they maintain their value."

By Valerie Wigglesworth
Valerie has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She is currently managing editor for DFW Metro for Community Impact Newspaper.


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