Today, the El Paso City Council approved a Master Plan for Mary Frances Keisling Park, located in Northwest El Paso, that was presented by the Capital Improvement and Parks and Recreation Department.
The community-led master plan vision for Mary Frances Keisling features a large, central flexible sports lawn, surrounded by a new hybrid community center, bicycling amenities, dog park, sport courts including pickleball and tennis, desert gardens, children’s play features, and community gathering spaces. The amenities are all interconnected by pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular networks within the park as well as to greater pathway networks linking the park to the regional trail system.
“Public engagement was an instrumental component to the master planning process,” said Cultural Affairs and Recreation Managing Director Ben Fyffe. “Along with our consultant, and District 1 City Representative Peter Svarzbein, our staff engaged with a diverse group of park users, community members, and neighborhood residents to understand their current use of the park and any outstanding needs.”
Through two phases of engagement, more than 1,400 points of feedback through in-person and online engagement were gathered to shape the Master Plan.
The Capital Improvement and Parks and Recreation Departments will begin the Master Plan recommendations as a phased approach through the next ten years. Phases will begin as funding becomes available through bonds, general funds and grants. The total estimated cost of implementing the Master Plan is $126 million.