The City of Schertz strives to continue developing the areas around the City with more beautiful parks and facilities. With the growth of the City’s population, the Parks & Recreation Department has many future projects.
ASHLEY PARK PLAYSCAPE & PAVILION
COMPLETED! In 2019, city staff completed Phase I of the renovation project at Asley Park which included reconstructing the basketball court, replacing playground equipment, a cosmetic update to the restroom facility, and providing an accessible route to the new features. In 2021, Phase II of the renovation was completed which included demolition of the existing failing asphalt trail and reconstructed a concrete loop trail in its place that is fully ADA accessible, and extends the accessible route to the restroom, the toddler playscape, and to one picnic area. Phase III of the Ashley Park renovation concluded in July and includes an additional playscape feature and a picnic pavilion available for party reservations.
SCHERTZ SOCCER COMPLEX IRRIGATION STORAGE UPGRADES
The current irrigation storage at the Schertz Soccer Complex is inadequate for the needs of the complex. An upgrade to storage capacity and the well pump is in the bidding phase with construction estimated to start in the fall. The project includes increased storage capacity above ground level, a new submersible well pump, new well casing, and electrical upgrades.
HILLTOP/HOMESTEAD PARK CONCEPTUAL PLAN
Construction has started on the 14-acre Homestead side of the park that was part of the parkland agreement with that development. That work will include an accessible loop trail system around the pond, a fishing pier, a parking lot off Homestead Parkway, and utility connections for a future restroom. The hilltop overlook/observation platform, additional walking trails and mountain-biking trails connecting the Homestead side and the Hilltop side, the nature-based playscape, picnic pavilions, restrooms, and interpretive signage are all unfunded at this time. City staff is working on developing funding options for construction for the entire 45-acre proposed project.
HERITAGE OAKS PARK IMPROVEMENTS
The Crossvine developer approached city staff about putting in a basketball court at Heritage Oaks Park at their cost. The developer worked with the HOA and city staff to put in a half-court for basketball and based on resident feedback, added striping for a pickleball court as well. Local residents can bring their own net, paddles, and partner to play pickleball, or go solo and shoot some hoops as the court is now open! City staff is also working with the developer to put in a pedestrian bridge over the drainage channel to connect the new unit of the neighborhood that was recently built. Revisions to the plans are still ongoing.
PROPOSAL TO CONVERT WENDY SWAN MEMORIAL PARK POOL TO SPLASHPAD
COMING SOON! City Council has approved the permanent closure of the small pool at Wendy Swan Memorial Park and its conversion to a small splash pad feature. With a splash pad, a longer operating season is possible and it can be open from March-October versus the traditional summer season (Memorial Day-August). The cost savings from staffing the pool will be used to pay back the reserves for the construction of the splash pad. Delays in the supply chain have pushed back the construction start to after Labor Day and construction is estimated to take about 6-8 weeks. Stay tuned for information on the Grand Opening Celebration in Spring of 2023!