Construction will soon start on what city leaders are calling “a monumental quality of place project” in far East El Paso.
The new Eastside Regional Park will be home to a public indoor 50-meter competition-ready pool with a diving well – the only one its kind in the region, a community center, gymnasium, computer center, and an outdoor neighborhood water park among other amenities.
On Tuesday, City Council approved awarding a guaranteed maximum price contract valued at approximately $37.7 million to Sundt Construction, Inc. to construct the first phase of a project known as Eastside Regional Park.
“This is going to be El Paso’s largest park and a major regional attraction for residents and visitors alike,” City of El Paso Capital Improvement Department Director Sam Rodriguez said. “Council’s action enables us to begin transforming this 92-acre parcel on the Eastside into to a premier destination for families.”
When construction on this major project starts later this summer it will mark another significant milestone for the City – the development of the first neighborhood water park.
The first phase will span across 10.6 acres and includes three major projects that deliver on the City’s commitment to expand recreational, educational and cultural opportunities:
- An indoor natatorium with a 50-meter competition ready pool, a diving well with 1 and 3 meter diving boards, spectator seating, warm-up and cool down pool, office, training room and lockers.
- A multigenerational community center with a gymnasium, spectator seating, multipurpose classrooms, kitchen, dining area, reading room, computer center, indoor running track, and fitness area.
- An outdoor neighborhood water park with a family pool, toddler pool, water slides, climbing walls, artificial wave surfing feature, lazy river, food concessions, and changing rooms.
- Other amenities including parking, entrance plaza, walking path, landscaping and public art.
“Residents have told us time and time again that they want more parks and more things to do so that’s what we are delivering. We are on a journey to create great spaces that offer unique experiences while serving as a catalyst for economic development that in the long run can provide relief for our residential taxpayers,” Mayor Pro-tem Michiel Noe said.
Via a news release, city official added:
This project is another step toward realizing El Paso’s vision of having safe and beautiful neighborhoods, a vibrant regional economy, and exceptional recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities. Phase one should be completed by 2020. It will be constructed using the construction manager at risk delivery method, which is efficient and cost effective. This method incorporates the use of a “Guaranteed Maximum Price,” which is an agreement declaring that the project will not cost the City above the agreed upon amount, unless changes are made to design or new services are requested and incorporated into the construction of the project.
When the Eastside Regional Park is completed, it will be approximately twice as big as Eastwood (Album) Park, three times as big as Marty Robbins Park, and about four times as big as Yucca Park.