The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is continuing replacement of play equipment at seven parks with Phase II of the program, comprising an overall 17 parks throughout the City that are receiving new playgrounds.
The replacement program is a follow-up to City Council’s action on March 8, 2016, to fully fund $2,002,000 of deferred maintenance of 15 playgrounds and build two new playgrounds in underserved communities from end-of-year savings funds.
“The City conducted a condition assessment of park amenities in late 2015, which revealed approximately 15 percent of playgrounds required work to raise them to ideal standard. City Council’s unprecedented action to fully fund the replacement of playgrounds will allow us to substantially catch up on deferred maintenance,” said El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser.
The expected completion date on playground improvements for Phase II is summer 2017. The project is broken into three phases, with phase two involving projects at the following parks:
Colonia Verde 5452 Ketchican
Irwin J. Lambka 6600 Cloudview
Mission Hills 3800 O’Keefe Dr.
Lincoln 4001 Durazno
Pueblo Viejo Roseway to Presa Place
Madeline 900 E Baltimore Dr.
Mundy 500 Porfirio Diaz St.
The total expenditures for Phase II is approximately $700,000, as each identified park will get a brand new playground, wood fiber fall protection, accessible pathway and containment improvements, and in some cases, swings.
Phase one of the playground completions is already underway and slated for an early spring 2017 completion, and phase 3 is scheduled for late summer 2017.