The Bridgestone Municipal Utility District broke ground March 28 on a $20 million park, according to Megan Bradley, Bridgestone MUD’s communications consultant and Triton Consulting Group president.

The park, which is slated for completion in late 2024 or early 2025, will span an estimated 14 acres and be located near the MUD’s administrative building at 19720 Kuykendahl Road, Spring.

Bradley said the park will feature multiple children’s play areas for a variety of age ranges, a pavilion and native plants. The park will also be home to interactive play areas designed for children with disabilities and water conservation features, such as rain gardens and recycled-water amenities.

“[The directors] feel like it’s going to add significant benefit and value to ... the Bridgestone community, but also the neighboring districts, because at this point, there aren’t any parks of that scale anywhere in the area,” Bradley said.

Funding for the project will come from the MUD’s general operating fund. Bradley said the project was originally estimated to cost $15 million, but the current project estimate is around $20 million due to inflation and ongoing supply chain issues.

Bridgestone MUD Treasurer Martha Velazquez said although she loves the idea of a park, she has financial concerns about the project because the MUD has $100 million in debt.

“There’s a time and place for massive projects like that,” Velazquez said.

To fund future park projects, Bridgestone MUD will be holding an election on May 6 for a $45 million parks bond. If approved, the bond will also fund detention basin improvements and walking trails.

The MUD serves neighborhoods north of Louetta Road and south of the Grand Parkway in Spring. District officials noted the park will be open to the public upon completion.