Young athletes and adults alike will someday play on new surfaces at Keller Sports Park.

On Feb. 24, Keller City Council and parks and recreation leaders broke ground on the renovations at the park. Parents, young and older athletes, project participants, and other supporters joined the leaders in celebrating the groundbreaking, which was held near where a new field house and baseball fields will be built.

“This is a huge, huge day for the city of Keller, one that for many years we’ve been hoping to get here, and we’re finally here,” Keller Mayor Armin Mizani said. “In fact, they’ve already kind of started [work]. Driving around, it was pretty amazing to see. ... I’m excited [about] what this means to the community.”

The background

About $28 million of the $30.9 million project comes primarily from certificates of obligation funded by the Keller Development Corporation sales tax revenue. The certificates of obligation for $28 million will be funded over 15 years.

The project will include not just new baseball fields but many other upgrades, such as restrooms, bleachers, shade structures, lighting to the lacrosse field and a new rugby-sized multipurpose field and accompanying parking lot on the north side of the park.

The details

The Keller Sports Park Task Force was created in June 2021 and devised ideas for Keller Sports Park’s renovations. That task force consisted of representatives from the park’s user groups—Keller Youth Association, Keller Soccer Association, Keller Lacrosse Association, Alliance Rugby Club and the Keller Horse Owners Association—in addition to parks board and City Council members, according to a city news release.

The entire project is expected to be substantially finished by late 2025, with final completion being in January 2026, said Cody Maberry, Keller director of community services.