Significant improvements to city parks and facilities await as the new fiscal year begins

By Kelly Kelbly, Parks & Recreation Assistant Director

Many of us are elated when Jan. 1 arrives because it means a new year of boundless possibilities.

For the Parks and Recreation Department – along with the rest of your municipal government – our new fiscal year begins Friday. And, yes, we’re thrilled about the possibilities for FY 22.

Here’s a glimpse of some of the improvements planned for the coming year:

  • Substantial improvements to the dog park and wash station, playground, and lighting at Steeplechase Park.
  • Replacement and additional sidewalks at Stephen C. Beachy Central Park.
  • Improvements to sidewalks, drainage, and lighting at Mabel Clare Thomas Park.
  • A new cemetery shop and sales office at the Aggie Field of Honor and Memorial Cemetery.
  • Construction begins on four diamond fields at Texas Independence Ballpark Midtown College Station near the old landfill on Rock Prairie Road.

In addition, the city’s updated Comprehensive Plan includes a recrafted chapter on engaging spaces. The plan emphasizes natural resource management, connectivity, sustainability, public-private partnerships, and accessibility and inclusion in facility construction and programming. 

The document was developed with extensive public input and serves as a compass as we begin working on Parks and Recreation’s 10-year master plan. 

You can play a significant contributing role in the direction of our parks programs and facilities by serving on a related board or committee. We need residents to fill spots on the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Historic Preservation Committee, Library Advisory Board, Senior Advisory Committee, and the Fun for All Playground Committee.

You can also volunteer for special events or participate in park cleanups, individually or as an organization. 

We have an unwavering commitment to providing outstanding recreational programs and facilities that enhance our community’s high quality of life.

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About the Blogger

Assistant Director Kelly Kelbly is in her 21st year with the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Gilmer, Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M.

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