The City of Schertz Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Department is pleased to announce the re-opening of Ashley Park. This newly renovated park features many different and modern amenities - some of which are the first of their kind in Schertz. These new features expand the offerings provided at area parks and offer residents more variety when visiting the city's parks system. The Ashley Park renovation included the following additions and upgrades:
- Gaga ball pit (first in the city)
- Swing set with an expression swing (first in the city)
- Double tower net climbing structure (first in the city)
- New basketball sport court
- Newly graded soccer practice fields; expanded from 1 to 2 fields
- Renovated restrooms
- Accessible sidewalks to new features
- Fresh plants and trees
The cost of the renovations and associated installation was approximately $130,000 and was funded as part of the $235,000 increase in parks maintenance funds from last year’s tax increase. This is the first significant renovation the department has done to an older park in Schertz in at least 15 years. Staff began working with T.F. Harper & Associates in April and completed the construction portion of the project on July 30. Hydro-seeding is part of the project and grass will be re-established in the park over the next several months.
Parks & Recreation Director Lauren Shrum comments, "We are working hard to chip away at our $1 million deferred maintenance list, and Ashley Park has been high on the priority lists approved by the Parks & Recreation Advisory Board. The goal is to renovate parks over time and infuse modern and updated amenities across the 24-park system in an equitable manner. We have limited funding available so we are always looking for potential grant opportunities to be able to leverage the funds that we have and get the most bang for the buck for the residents."
The existing playscape and basketball court were in poor condition and presented signs of eminent failure on many levels. Due to these conditions and safety concerns Ashley Park was considered above other projects in the parks system for repair and renovation in FY 18-19. Due to limited funding and a large deferred maintenance list, reconstruction of the walking trail was identified as a separate phase and will be constructed in the FY 19-20 budget year.
If you have any questions or to find out more information on this project, please reach out to the Parks department at (210) 619-1850 or email Lauren Shrum at LShrum@schertz.com.