Dog park, Lake Friendswood among upcoming projects

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A public hearing and possible changes to upcoming parks projects are expected during the regularly scheduled Friendswood City Council meeting on Monday, June 1.

The 7 p.m. public hearing will focus on a requested zone change to a new Planned Unit Development on just under 1.5 acres at 307 and 313 E. Edgewood Dr.

At 1776 Park, the city has run into budgeting issues regarding a planned dog park, and the council is expected to take a serious look at moving the facility to another location.

“Staff has looked at alternatives – mainly Old City Park,” assistant City Manager said during a May update. “We will have a presentation at the next council meeting.”

With much public feedback regarding the Lake Friendswood park, developing the still-closed city-owned lake with help from nearby West Ranch subdivision has moved up the priority list.

Council in May asked staff to look into what can be done to speed up development of the park, which is now set to open next Spring. Complete plans for the lakeside green space are expected to be ready in August, with work beginning in the fall, according to a report from public works Director/City Engineer Patrick Donart.

West Ranch has begun to develop a phase that will include a parking lot, Donart said. Because the city is coordinating with the West Ranch subdivision for access to the park, he said, speeding up work may be more difficult than with projects done solely by the city.

Still, Councilman Rockey asked during the May update if there is anything the city can do to speed up the process.

“This is a unique project and it has a lot of people’s interest,” Rockey said. “I can guarantee you a lot of people ask about it.”

Donart said the staff would look it, but access to the area is still limited until a roadway is complete.

Councilman Jim Hill asked if a trail could be built early using an existing emergency use gate.

Among the business to be addressed by the council at its June meeting are more construction contracts for projects in “Round 1” of a seven-year plan to implement the 2013 voter approved bond projects. Round 1 includes $9.5 million in projects, including a $2.5 million city library expansion, park and street improvements.

City Council usually meets the first Monday of each month beginning at 4:30 p.m. at 910 S. Friendswood Dr. Full agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of meetings.

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