Over the past four years, the Parks and Recreation Department has been working towards updating the City’s playground inventory with new structures that meet current safety regulations. This process involves using the industry standard of playground lifespan, approximately 15 years. The replacement timeline considers the brand, amount of shade, usage, vandalism, and repairs needed throughout its lifespan.
The current playgrounds at Cross Timbers Park were installed in 2002 and identified for replacement by Parks and Recreation Staff. The proposed replacement structures include interactive, accessible play and integrated shade.
On May 3 City Council approved the Parks and Recreation Department to move forward with purchasing the playgrounds featured below. Demolition of the old playground is expected to be removed later this summer, with the installation taking place this Fall.
Cost of Playground: $351,449.00
Project Location: 7601 Waterside Pl.
Estimated Construction Dates: Summer to Fall 2022
Project Manager: Jason Donnell
In 2018, the City purchased a 6.5-acre site known as the Villages of Carmel Property. The City of Denton hired Valley Quest Designs in December 2020 to develop a Master Plan. From March to July 2021, the City of Denton and Valley Quest coordinated and designed a final park rendering through public engagement forums with the City Council, Parks Board, Committee of Persons with Disabilities, internal staff, and the local community. On August 2, 2021, City Council approved the master plan for the Villages of Carmel that will feature trails, a playground, lighting, a pavilion, and a parking lot integrated within the existing tree canopy.
On October 1, 2021, the City of Denton Parks and Recreation Department submitted a grant application to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The grant funding will cover 50% of the proposed construction of the future Villages of Carmel property.
On March 24, 2022, the TPWD Commission approved funding to award numerous local park grants across the state. The Denton Parks and Recreation department is excited to announce that it received the total amount requested and is a recipient of a $621,563 Non-Urban Outdoor grant for the future Villages of Carmel Park.
In summer 2022, Parks and Recreation will start the grant process with TPWD and does not anticipate the Notice to Proceed from TPWD until Spring 2023. With this timeline, construction is estimated to begin Summer of 2023.
Estimated Budget: 1.23M (50% Match Grant will be reimbursed by TPWD $621,563.00)
Project Location: 6414 Edwards Rd. Swisher Road and Edwards Road
Estimated Construction Dates: Starting Summer 2023
Project Manager: Chris Escoto