League City plans to improve Newport Park and is looking for community feedback to help identify priorities and guide development.

The gist

On May 7, League City held a public meeting at Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center for residents to voice their concerns and desires for the city's upgrades to Newport Park that are taking place this year.

Located on the city’s west side between League City Parkway and FM 518, Newport Park is under consideration for amenity upgrades, including adding up to half a mile of trails, playground additions and sports facility additions, according to a city presentation.

The city is encouraging the community to share feedback on their preferences for play and sports amenities, including:
  • Octagon or AVAdek pavilions
  • Volleyball or pickleball courts
  • Longer or shorter concrete trails
  • Various-sized play equipment

The backstory

In spring 2023, the city canvassed feedback from a Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan survey, and found that Newport Park was the most mentioned park citizens felt needed an upgrade, Director of Parks Chien Wei said.

The project’s design portion is budgeted for fiscal year 2023-24, and the project’s construction portion is budgeted for fiscal year 2024-25. Officials could not be reached May 13 to confirm what the costs would be.

Those in favor

League City resident Carl Glaze, a member of the nearby Newport subdivision homeowners association, said at the public meeting he felt adding even more play equipment than the city’s presentation proposed would better serve the young families increasingly buying homes in his subdivision.

“The more activities we can have for children overall, the less trouble they get into giving them productive things to do,” Glaze said.

Get involved

League City residents who’d like to share input on their desires for Newport Park upgrades can do so here through May 17.

The League City Parks Board will meet next on May 20 at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center, 400 W. Walker St., to discuss community engagement results.