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HARLINGEN, TEXAS–We couldn’t have asked for better weather on November 26 for the groundbreaking of the Lon C. Hill Destination Park. Mayor Chris Boswell, City Commissioners, and State Representative Oscar Longoria were on hand for the momentous occasion.
Lon C. Hill Park is one of Harlingen’s oldest parks but it’s about to become one of the newest with the addition of the new amenities that will make up Destination Park. Phase one of the project will include an entry court, center plaza, water features, landscaping, improvements to L & L ½ Streets, as well as a new parking lot.
Crews are already working on L & L ½ Streets. The portion of L Street that runs through the park as well as all of L ½ are closed and will be raised to the same level as the rest of the park grounds making it easier and safer for visitors to walk throughout the 45 acre park.
Mayor Boswell says this park is certainly a quality of life project but it’s also another opportunity for people to improve their quality of health. “When we talk about building new parks, when we talk about improving new parks, we’re not just talking about making something pretty or doing something that is a luxury, we’re doing something that is a necessity for our community to make our community healthier and more active.” The mayor says health officials agree that anything we can do to be active is good for the body and there will be plenty of things to keep people active at this new park.
The park is located in District 4 represented by Commissioner Ruben De La Rosa who says this has been a long time coming. “I wanted to make this park a place for all children and it was extremely important that we included children with special needs. We could not be prouder today. Today we see years of hard work coming together. I look forward to seeing children come here to make memories as I did as a child.”
Mayor Boswell and Commissioner De La Rosa both thanked State Representative Oscar Longoria who secured $1 million for this project through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Representative Longoria who serves as the Vice Chairman of Appropriations said it was important to him to secure these funds for the City. “Harlingen is a great City and I’ve noticed that they’ve always had a focus on community based, family oriented projects which is what this park is because it’s for every single citizen of Harlingen by making it an all- inclusive park. It’s important to note that this is not a match, this not a loan, this is truly a gift from the State to the City of Harlingen.”
The project cost is $3.3 million of which $1 million is covered by the TPWD grant and the remaining $2.3 million by the Community Improvement Board (4B). Peacock Contractors Inc. was awarded the project in September and they are already on the job. They expect to be done by October 2020.
(1) Official Groundbreaking (2) L-R Jesse Robles, Mike Mezmar, Mayor Boswell, State Rep. Longoria, Frank Puente, Ruben De La Rosa, and Victor Leal
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MAYOR AND CITY COMMISSIONERS
Chris Boswell, Mayor
Richard Uribe, Commissioner, District 1
Frank Puente, Commissioner, District 2
Michael Mezmar, Commissioner, District 3
Ruben De La Rosa, Commissioner, District4
Victor Leal, Commissioner, District 5
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