SAN ANGELO, Texas — Some City of San Angelo parks are undergoing renovations. Unidad Park’s playground area will be closed for construction starting Monday, Nov. 1 until Spring 2022. The playground area was last renovated in 1998, and potential safety issues and urgent need for repairs commenced the project.
“The park got high use and so now the playground is 23 years. A few years back we realized that because the maintenance cost and time increased so much that it was best to plan to replace it," City of San Angelo Parks & Recreation Director, Carl White, said.
White says playgrounds have a normal lifespan on average of 15-20 years. However, Unidad Park’s playground was built of high quality materials and lasted more than 23 years. The City has been planning to renovate the playground for years and finding the funds to cover the costs.
By the end of Spring 2022, Unidad Park will reopen the playground with renovated play areas for both younger and older children with a new track ride. The funding for the project comes from funds raised through the San Angelo Area Foundation, San Angelo Gives and half-cent sales tax funds.
Currently, Brentwood Park on the northwest side of the city is nearing completion of its first overhaul and will be open to the public soon. Some of the improvements included new walkways, refurbished tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas, benches, a small parking area and pavilion and a new playground.
“We always have a project going on to renovate or replace playground equipment. So our plan is that after Brentwood is Unidad and then the in-house crew will shift over and build a pavilion through generous donations,” White said.
Northridge Baptist Church submitted a request for Unidad Park's old playground materials back in March. The San Angelo City Council authorized the request in early June.