Left to right: City Manager Tommy Gonzalez, Mayor Pro Temp Peter Svarzbein, Deputy City Manager Tracy Jerome, District 6 Rep. Claudia Lizette Rodriguez, District 5 Rep. Isabel Salcido, District 7 Rep. Henry Rivera
Saturday afternoon, the City of El Paso marked the completion of the first phase of development for The Beast Urban Park in the Upper East Side with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“We’re excited to be celebrating the Grand Opening of The Beast Urban Park, a one-of-a-kind facility in our City,” said Deputy City Manager for Quality of Life, Tracey Jerome.
“The Parks and Recreation Department is committed to providing our growing city and neighborhoods an enhanced quality of life by focusing on expanding our recreation services to those neighborhoods and providing access to state-of-the-art facilities and programming to residents of our community.”
The park, located at 13501 Jason Crandall, has a development plan that includes a multi-phase approach to transforming approximately 92-acres of desert land into a dynamic public space, supporting the City’s vision to provide exceptional recreational, educational and cultural opportunities.
City officials add that, upon completion of all phases, The Beast will be the City’s largest developed park.
The first phase of development spans 10.6 acres and delivers 2012 bond-funded projects including:
- The region’s first indoor natatorium with a 50-meter competition-ready pool with a diving well, which offers 1- and 3-meter diving boards. The space also includes spectator seating, warm-up and cool-down pool, training room and lockers.
- A multigenerational community center is also onsite with a gymnasium, spectator seating, multipurpose classrooms, kitchen, dining area, reading room, computer center, indoor walking and running track, and a fitness area.
- An outdoor water park has been completed onsite with a family pool, toddler pool, water slides, climbing walls, artificial wave surfing feature, and many other amenities. A grand opening for the water park is coming soon.
Phase Two is in design and includes adding flat fields, among other amenities. For more information on the Parks and Recreation Department, click here.
Photos courtesy City of El Paso