BROWNWOOD, Texas — After much planning over the last year, the City of Brownwood City Council approved the $50,000 funding for the Wiggins Park improvement project.
Strategic Alliance for Leadership and Social Action (SALSA), alongside families in and around this Brownwood park, are working to make the park more family-oriented.
Raul Garcia with SALSA had been representing the group. He said he comes from a large family that lives in Brownwood and has many children of various ages that will benefit from the park improvements. Garcia also was in conversation with the City of Brownwood officials.
"These things take time. I have been along with a couple of other members who have been in conversation with the city manager and the parks director on choosing the right equipment, fitting it to the amount of money available. So it's taken a little longer than we would like, but we will be patient and hope that all of these projects we have planned will come to fruition," Garcia said.
This project evolved from families surrounding Wiggins Parks and in the Brownwood area to revitalize the park, which has been a part of the neighborhood for some time now.
39 trees were also planted a year ago, which Garcia said are doing very well and survived the freeze back when the January winter storm took place.
According to Garcia, this is the only park within the Brownwood city limits with a swimming pool. The park improvement project will start with playground equipment. The other long-term projects which are expected to be addressed include providing a larger pavilion, a sidewalk built around the park where the trees are planted, upgrade the existing restrooms, upgrade the electrical facilities, and to also refurbish or install and new basketball court (the present basketball court is not in good condition).
Garcia and the rest of the community of parents say they are looking forward to what the park can be in the future.
"We would like to see some Hispanic type. Give the park some flavor, like a very ornate fountain with benches around it. Things like that will lend the park some Hispanic flavor because the park is in a Hispanic neighborhood," Garcia said.
The playground is expected to be fully installed by late September and early October.
SALSA will hold a free Family Fun Day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at Victoria St, Brownwood, Texas 76801.
The event will include many activities for children and families, a rifle, and will also be rewarding some scholarships.