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El Paso Completes Water Conservation Project at Four City Parks

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department recently completed the Maxicom Water Conservation Project at four city parks through a $40,000 grant from El Paso Water.

Rain Bird Maxicom is a computerized central control system that was installed at John Lyons, Barron and Pico Norte Parks along with the Westside Sports Complex that provides automated, weather based-irrigation control and monitoring to detect breaks and other issues while preventing water waste.

“The expected water savings due to the installation of Maxicom could be upwards of 20%,” said Director of El Paso Parks and Recreation Tracy Novak.

Novak went on to explain that the Maxicom system will give tools to the City’s water irrigators who determine how much water to apply to the City’s over 2,000 acres of irrigated landscape.

There are weather stations located strategically throughout the City as these parks are now linked to Maxicom upload each day’s weather data, incorporating the information into a software program, and sending the information via internet link to each project site.

The site then waters that night based on the schedule and weather data, only applying what water was lost since the last irrigation period. To do the same thing manually, irrigators would have to visit each site each day and change the amount of watering time, which is an impossible task with over 280 parks now in the City.

“Moving to smart irrigation systems is a big and important step for improving conservation at our parks, and we were very pleased to partner with the city on this important project,” said Conservation Manager of El Paso Anai Padilla.

“Irrigation and outdoor watering contribute to a doubling of El Paso’s water demand in summertime.  For drought resilience and our long-term water sustainability, improving water efficient irrigation is essential for homes, businesses, schools and parks.”

The City intends to add more parks to the Maxicom system with the overall goal to save water, a precious resource in the desert.

Grandview Spray Park Set to Open Friday

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department invites families for an official grand opening of the Grandview Spray Park at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at Grandview Park located at 3225 Jefferson.

The grand opening celebration of the City’s newest spray park will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a celebration that includes free games, live music, family-oriented and free food.

The Grandview Spray Park features a splash pad with more than 15 water features, such as a large dump bucket, water spouts and fountains. Unique to the spray park is an interactive water stream, best known as a water journey that allows children to race and compete with loose floating objects on two channel tracks.

The tracks have drawbridges and gates that may be used to manipulate the outcome of the race.

The spray park has other amenities, such as a shaded are picnic tables, security lighting, security cameras, ADA accessible sidewalks and landscaping.

The Grandview Spray Park is the fourth spray park completed by the City, costing approximately $884,000. Funding for the project came from Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).

The spray parks operate by recirculating water through filtration and chemical sanitation systems, not unlike those found in pools. The typical water turnover is 30 to 60 minutes, which is the same for most wading pools. Customers control the water usage by depressing a button or passing near motion detectors. If there is no one playing in an area, then no water flows.

Additional spray parks are under construction throughout the City, one in each of the City Representative Districts. The City recently opened Pavo Real Spray Park; Sue Young Spray and Hidden Valley Spray Park opened in 2016. The following spray parks will open by the end of May:

  • Westside Park Spray Park, 7400 High Ridge Dr.
  • Marty Robbins Spray Park, 11600 Vista Del Sol Dr.
  • Braden Aboud Spray Park, 4325 Riverbend Dr.
  • Salvador Rivas Jr. Spray Park, 12480 Pebble Hills Dr.

The spray park projects are part of the City of El Paso’s commitment to enhance El Paso’s quality of life through recreational, cultural and educational environments.

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Registration Underway for Art in the Park

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications from vendors interested in participating in the spring edition of Art in the Park that will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, at Memorial Park, 3100 Copper Avenue.

Interested vendors must pick up applications at the administrative offices of the Parks and Recreation Department, located at 801 Texas Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Arts and craft booth fees are $90 for both days and food booths are $130 for both days. New artists and crafters interested in participating in the outdoor event must provide sample photos of their work.

Artwork should be a diverse form of art and all items must be handmade items. Factory-made or retail items will not be considered or accepted. The application and entry fee must be submitted with the sample photos.

Previous Art in the Park exhibitors will not need to provide samples.

Art in the Park is free to the public and features dozens of artist vendors, food vendors and live entertainment.

For more information, call the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department at 240-3325.

Video+Story: City Announces Pokémon Catch ‘em All Events in Parks

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department has Pokémon fever and will be hosting a number of events from now through autumn for players to Catch ’em All!

The first Pokémon Catch ‘em All event will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, August 19, at Eastwood Park, 3001 Parkwood St.

Each event will offer prizes and giveaways, including Pokémon team hats. There will also be music, games, and charging stations provided by El Paso Electric.

The player who has the best picture with Pokémon in a participating park posted to the Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page with the hashtag #ParkemonEP will win a special award.

A list of locations and times may be found by clicking on the Pokémon banner on the Parks and Recreation website www.elpasotexas.gov/parks.

The El Paso Police Department has the following safety tips for those who play Pokémon Go:

  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch where you are going
  • Do not drive a vehicle, ride  a bicycle or skateboard while playing
  • Do not trespass or enter onto property that is not yours
  • Do not go out alone and always take a friend.
  • Make sure somebody is aware of your whereabouts
  • If you play at night, only go to well-lit areas.

City asks Public to Keep Parks Clean during Memorial Day Weekend

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department asks the public to keep parks clean by picking up their trash during the Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest times of the year to be outdoors with thousands of people using city parks to celebrate. The Parks and Recreation Department provides trash bins but encourages park visitors to bring their own trash bag(s), and if they bring pets to the park, make sure to clean up after them as well.

In addition, used charcoal and other items should be taken home by park visitors and/or thrown in the proper receptacle and not on the ground, or next to trash bins or trees as the charcoal can damage grass and destroy trees.

The Parks and Recreation Department reminds residents to keep the following in mind when visiting City parks:

Do’s and Don’ts for Park Visitors

• Trash left in the parks should be put in a trash bag and left in a trash bin and not left in grocery bags or empty boxes on the ground.

• Charcoal should not be left on the ground, grass or by trees. Charcoal should be put in a proper receptacle and disposed of properly in a trash bin or taken home and disposed of properly.

• The rule “leave it better than you found it” applies to all park users

• City ordinance violators should be immediately reported to the police

• Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in city parks

 

El Paso City Council Approves Design Contract for 1st Phase of Eastside Regional Park

During Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, members awarded a design contract for the first phase of what will be the biggest park in El Paso when constructed.

The contract for this initial phase of the 92-acre park will focus on the design of the buildings and associated infrastructure for the park which includes:

  • Natatorium with indoor 50-meter competition-ready and separate warm-up cool-down pool and diving well
  • Outdoor recreational pool area with lazy river, climbing wall and splash pad
  • Multi-generational community center
  • Related parking areas
  • Related roadways
  • Related landscaping with 180 trees

The approximate $2.9 million design contract for this phase was awarded to Perkins and Will/In* Situ. The design period for this phase is approximately 11 months, and will be conducted with community input from the public.

Development of the entire park will be conducted in phases, according to the Master Plan which was approved by City Council in June of 2015 in order to ensure that the park is developed in an orderly, efficient, and cost-effective manner.

The second phase of design will include the athletic fields and associated infrastructure for the park, and both phase one and two are funded by the 2012 Quality of Life Bonds.  The third phase of design includes the long-term vision for the park’s future, and would occur once resources are available.

When complete, the $48 million dollar Eastside Regional Park 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. It will be located on land near Montana Avenue and Hueco Club Road in far East El Paso, and is part of the City’s commitment to enhance El Paso’s quality of life through recreational, cultural and educational environments.

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