The City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department Breaks Ground on First Bond-Funded Project
HUTTO, Texas (April 23, 2019) – The City of Hutto Parks and Recreation Department broke ground at Hutto Community Park at Country Estates on the first bond-funded improvement project.
The renovation project, paid for by a voter-approved bond, is the first in a series of projects to revamp the park system throughout Hutto. Voted on in November 2018, Proposition C allocated $50 million dollars to renovate and improve City of Hutto park facilities, aligning with the City’s family-friendly vision.
“Last November, we asked the residents of Hutto to approve the bond proposition that is making these renovations possible,” Hutto Mayor Doug Gaul said. “With that approval, residents told us that improved park facilities were important to them, and we’re listening.”
Renovations to Community Park include new shade structures, a new playground, sidewalk additions, and fencing as well as improved access to the facilities.
“Each park is unique to the other parks in our system,” said Hutto Councilman Nate Killough. “We are starting here at Hutto Community Park, however, all parks throughout the City will be improved.”
The planned renovations also make the City of Hutto eligible for a $500,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to help improve Creekside and Fritz Parks.
“We worked with the Parks Advisory Board, the Parks Improvement Committee and used a known assessment of our current inventory from the 2015 Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan to determine the improvements we wanted to make,” Killough said.
Ranked as the #1 city to raise a family in Texas, Hutto’s commitment to improving resident quality of life through developing and renovating outdoor space is a focus area in the 2020 Strategic Plan and reflects the priorities of the City Council
“We’ve been recognized as a great place to raise a family, and we’re very proud of that,” said City of Hutto City Manager Odis Jones. “The City Council is committed to ensuring a high quality of life for our residents, and improved park facilities are a huge part of that.”
Hutto is one of the fastest growing cities in Texas, and young families make up a large portion of the newcomers.
“The City Council and I want to make sure that our families have great facilities available,” said Mayor Doug Gaul. “We want our residents to be able to stay and play in Hutto and enjoy their city; therefore, this is the first of many improvements to our parks system.”
There are planned improvements for other City of Hutto parks. Creekside Park will see the demolition of the existing playground, installation of a new playground, walkway to the playground and shade structure. There is also scheduled construction of new fields and sidewalks. Hutto Lake Park will see improvements to parking, lighting in the parking lot and park, and installation of the shade structures over play areas. Also, renovations to the existing trails and construction of new trails. At Fritz Park, there will be renovations to the existing youth fields, upgrades to the playground for ADA compliance and improvements to the restroom facilities. Fritz Park will also see the addition of a splash pad.