Farmersville begins phase 2 of sports park master plan
City will begin planting trees along the perimeter north of canal trailway along Freedom Drive, Walnut Avenue
FARMERSVILLE – It’s been a year and a half since the City of Farmersville opened the southern half of its Sports Park at the corner of Freedom Drive and Walnut Avenue. Now the city is ready to begin developing the northern half.
At its May 14 meeting, the Farmersville City Council authorized staff to go out to bid for project to plant trees along the perimeter of the northern portion of the sports park along Walnut Avenue. The project will plant trees along the exterior of the park to provide shade for families using the portion of land that is slated for baseball and softball fields as well as a concession stand.
The trees and plantings will be funded with $290,000 from CalFire’s Urban Forestry Grant awarded to the city in the summer of 2016. The estimated cost of the project is $144,000.
The northern portion of the park opened on Nov. 4, 2016 when the city held a ribbon cutting for its “Farmersville Canal Parkway and Park Development.” The seven-acre section of the park was planted with 200 trees and 1,000 shrubs, built a half-mile walking trail with a bridge over the canal, added three picnic tables and benches, installed 5 acres of grass for two-full size soccer or football fields and a bioswale to collect rainwater and educate the public about drought landscaping and the area’s cultural and natural history.
The sports park first became part of the City’s parks and recreation vision in 2001 when it purchased about 25 acres of land along Freedom Drive across from Farmersville High School. In all, the City has received $1.3 million of the $3 million needed to complete the entire park project.