The city of Schertz Economic Development Corporation and the Parks and Recreation Department will collaborate on the development of two new parks alongside the enhancement of the Schertz Soccer Complex, according to a June 25 news release.

The details

The EDC is projected to invest around $12 million into the projects, with the first tranche of funding allocating $1.7 million for the installation of field lights on 10 soccer fields at the Schertz Soccer Complex.

The project is expected to begin in late 2024 and be completed in 2025, according to the release.

Future projects supported by the partnership include the development of Hilltop/Homestead Park, which will be an approximately 45-acre park featuring an observation platform, picnic areas, playscapes, trails, a fishing pier and other amenities.

In February the park project was awarded $750,000 from the Texas Parks and Wildlife local park grant. The park is in the predesign phase with construction expected to begin in late 2025, according to the release.

The final project in the partnership will be improvements to Community Circle Park, which will combine the Johnie McDow Sports Complex, dog park, skate park and other features to create a recreational complex behind the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex.

Alongside this initiative, plans are in place for the development of a teen-focused space featuring volleyball courts, basketball courts, public art spaces, open seating areas and other amenities.

This project is still in the development and design phase with the current plans being preliminary. According to the news release, the goal is to open the park in 2028.

"This partnership with the Schertz EDC is a game-changer for our parks system," Parks Director Lauren Shrum said in the release. “Many of these projects have been in the works for a while and with this new investment, they will come to life sooner than we anticipated. We are grateful for the support of the EDC board and look forward to the transformative impact this partnership will have on our community."