Expanded amenity to make a splash this summer

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At Stevenson Park, the popular summer splash pad is tripling in size.

Work is about 80 percent complete on expanding the popular summer water feature for children, and visitors this summer will note new interactive splash features, benches and a new sidewalk connecting the expansion to the new Rotary Pavilion.

“It is going to be a beautiful amenity,” City Manager Roger Roecker recently told City Council. “We’ll have some benches and shade right next to it for moms and dads.”

Next door at the swimming pool, a vacant office is being converted to a family restroom.

“It was the vacant pool managers office – hasn’t been used in a good while and has been used for storage,” Roecker said.

Improvements to Friendswood Sports Park on West Parkwood are not going as quickly.

According to staff, the city is awaiting drawings from the architect, since final costs have not yet been agreed upon for proposed improvements. A more definite timeline for those improvements will be forthcoming once plans, technical specifications and contracts are in place, the city states. Those plans are expected back in mid-May.

In other park projects, design services remain under way for both access and amenities at Lake Friendswood as well as a pedestrian bridge spanning Cowart’s Creek and connecting Stevenson and Old City parks.

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