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.
WENDY SWAN MEMORIAL PARK SPLASHPAD
COMPLETE Splish Splash! We’re having a blast! The new splash pad at Wendy Swan Memorial Park officially opened August 1, 2023.
Along with the completion of the splash pad, many other park improvements and additions were made. New sod has been installed in the park and all irrigation systems have been repaired. New trees have been planted around the park to beautify the area, a new swing set with integrated shade was installed, and the basketball courts got a fresh coat of paint with new goals installed. Pickleball players will be happy to hear that pickleball court lines were also added to allow for multiple uses. New fencing was installed, the pavilion and building received a fresh coat of paint, and fun artistic touches will be added to the sidewalks around the park as we finish repairing damaged sections. In order to bring them into compliance for accessibility standards, the restrooms needed to be renovated. Park restrooms are still under construction so a temporary restroom trailer is in place until construction is complete. A new water fountain with bottle filler will also be added to the exterior wall of the facility.
Next season the splash pad will open the Friday before Spring Break (weather permitting) and remain open until October 31. We are excited to see the community enjoy this great new feature in our park system!
CYPRESS POINT PARK SHADE STRUCTURE
COMPLETE Some much-needed shade was added to Cypress Point Park courtesy of grant funding from the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Awareness Council (SACADA.) The shade structures were added in late 2023 with a ribbon cutting celebration in January 2024.
SCHERTZ AREA SENIOR CENTER GARDEN ADDITION
FUNDED | ON SCHEDULE The membership of the Senior Center has been fundraising for several years to build a special garden addition with a memorial wall in the shape of a tree. The initial idea for the project was developed before the COVID-19 pandemic, so the project is back on track now that many members have returned to the center. The memorial wall will honor those who have contributed significantly to the center over the years and the garden addition will be utilized to grow more plants and vegetables, and even includes a small fruit orchard. The planting boxes are designed to be inclusive and accessible for wheelchair users and seniors who need to sit and garden. The concept plan has been approved by the Senior Center Advisory Board and the landscape architect is now working on the final building plans. Stay tuned for the construction schedule!
SCHERTZ SOCCER COMPLEX IRRIGATION STORAGE UPGRADES
FUNDED | UNDER CONSTRUCTION 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
FUNDED | ON SCHEDULE 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 future plans include 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.
The Schertz Parks and Recreation Department has secured $750,000 from a Texas Parks & Wildlife local park grant which requires a $750,000 value match from the city. The city is meeting the match through a combined effort from donations of land from area HOAs valued at $493,900, South Texas Off Road Mountain-Bikers (STORM) volunteer labor valued at $15,000, and a commitment from the City of Schertz for $241,100 from the Parks & Recreation budget.
COMMUNITY CIRCLE PARK
UNFUNDED City staff is working on a long-range master plan for the Community Circle area behind the city campuses on Schertz Parkway. The area includes the Johnie McDow Sports Complex, the Schertz Dog Park, the Schertz Skate Park, open field practice space, and parking. Currently, the parking in the area is insufficient for both the Johnie McDow Sports Complex and the nearby Schertz Civic Center and this plan addresses additional parking needed to serve both facilities. The plan also proposes redesigning the side entrance to the sports complex and adding more parking at that node, which also serves the second dog park entrance. The current Schertz Skate Park only includes Phase I of the original design, so the additional phases are included in this conceptual plan. Since the Skate Park is heavily used by teens, the Master Plan was guided by the concept of teen-focused activities. Citizen feedback in the 2013 Parks Master Plan and at public meetings reflects the lack of teen programming or park facilities is a problem. The plan calls for a teen hangout space- "The Box: - seating areas, hammocks, public art spaces, open green space, basketball courts, and sand volleyball courts. The idea is that Teen and Adult Sand Volleyball leagues could be provided in the future. The plan does eliminate some practice fields for baseball and softball, so city staff is looking at ways to incorporate practice fields into other parks.
City staff is working on developing funding options for construction for the entire proposed project. Future public meetings will be scheduled to discuss the plans and gather stakeholder feedback.