Centennial and Independence Parks in Pearland will both undergo changes in the new year.
Construction begins soon for Centennial Park Phase II. Design work has been completed and the construction contract awarded and approved by Pearland City Council.
The new phase contains construction of two new lighted softball fields, additional parking, sidewalks, utilities and storm drainage. Future plans will provide restroom facilities for the area.
Current practice fields for soccer, lighting and irrigation will be removed to make room for the new features.
The project cost $2 million and is expected to be completed by September 2017.
Once completed, the soccer program with both youth and adult leagues will move to Max road Sports Complex. Girls Softball will move from the Dad’s Club, where it is currently, to the new softball fields at Centennial Park. The new large location will allow the program to expand, according to city officials.
Centennial Park is located at 3219 McLean Road in Pearland. The renovation plan for the park began in 2013.
Improvements are planned for Independence Park in a $4 million project that goes out to bid in March.
Changes will include relocations of the entry into the park as well as the existing playground area, additional parking, and improvements to bus drop off, electrical and lighting and vendor access.
New to the park will be restrooms, an amphitheater with a stage for special events and landscaping.
City officials expect 90 percent of the project design plans will be completed by the end of this month.
The plan to renovate Independence Park is part of the City’s efforts to ensure Quality Parks, Recreation and Events, one of the City Council’s six strategic priorities and was included and approved in the 2007 Bond Election by the City.
Independence Park is located at 3919 Liberty Drive in Pearland.
Story by Karolyn Gephart