Improvements to Henderson Park have been a priority for the Brenham Parks and Recreation Board for the past few years, and it looks now that work will begin.  Public Works Director Dane Rau briefed the Parks Board Wednesday on phase one of the planned improvements.  Rau said the improvements will include a new Playscape area and swing sets, a large Barbeque Pit area, changing the softball field back to baseball, upgrading the batting cages and improved lighting throughout the park.  Rau said they may install a wall for the outfield fence to make the baseball field competitive for 17 and 18 year olds.

The phase one improvements will be funded through Brenham Community Development Corporation (BCDC) funds.

Board members also got an update on the planned Brenham Family Park.  Ed and Evelyn Kruse donated 106 acres for park in 2013.  The property is located on the south side of Brenham, where Chappell Hill Street ends.  A preliminary design for the park was shown to the board that included walking and biking trails, multi-purpose fields, playscape areas, and a 4 to 5 acre pond. The park would also contain several wildflower areas and a community center building.  The design is preliminary, but BCDC funds had already been committed for the construction of the roadway and the retention pond.

Board members also received updates on a number of other projects.  The construction of new restroom facilities at Fireman’s Park has been slowed due to recent rains, but the project is expected be completed by the end of the year.  The Bluebell Aquatic Center will also see some upgrades in the near future.  The BCDC has approve funding for re-plastering both the therapy and leisure pools and repaving the parking lot.

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