Evelyn’s Park breaks ground on second phase of improvements

As of Dec. 13, Evelyn’s Park is under construction to add several new enhancements. (Courtesy Evelyn’s Park Conservancy)
As of Dec. 13, Evelyn’s Park is under construction to add several new enhancements. (Courtesy Evelyn’s Park Conservancy)

As of Dec. 13, Evelyn’s Park is under construction to add several new enhancements. (Courtesy Evelyn’s Park Conservancy)

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Construction has officially kicked off on a project that will add several new enhancements to Evelyn's Park, according to a Dec. 15 news release.

Evelyn’s Park Conservancy, the group that manages the park, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony Dec. 13 to commemorate the start of the project, which will include a solar-powered shade structure for small gatherings, a large covered pavilion with moveable seating, an interactive splash pad and two new interactive playgrounds. These facility priorities are based on park user feedback and surveys conducted in Bellaire.

“The Park’s well-planned expansion will provide for more satisfying year-round activity and allow our visitors to engage with nature and outdoor play for years to come,” Board President Jerry Wische said in a Nov. 16 announcement of the project.

Construction on the project—Phase 2 of the conservancy’s plan for the park’s development—will take place over the next six months. B&D Contractors has been tapped to implement the plans created by SWA, an international landscape architecture firm that designed Phase 1.

The groundbreaking ceremony was chaired by Suzi Weinstock, a board member for Evelyn’s Park Conservancy. Bellaire Mayor Andrew Friedberg spoke on the valued relationship between the city and the park, Bellaire City Council Member Michael Fife provided a neighbor’s perspective, and Scott Rubenstein detailed the project planning and enhancements.


Other speakers included Wische, and Debbie Lapin, chairwoman of the park’s capital campaign. 281-946-9372. www.evelynspark.org
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.