City Park Transformed
T he public is invited to a “Pennies for the Park” dedication at the Dublin City Park, marking the completion of Dublin’s part of the $150,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department matching grant that is giving the park a new face and functionality.
“It fits so well and we’re that close,” Dublin City Manager Nancy Wooldridge said, indicating the only things left are to put rubber matting under the playground (once the ground is dry) and some work at the soccer field.
The event will be held Friday at 2 p.m. with City officials and special guests like TPWD’s Susan Sharp and Gary Kafer representing State Representative J.D. Sheffield. A unique sign has been produced by Dublin’s Faux Bois to mark the occasion and will be unveiled at the event.
“It’s going to be a brand new park,” she said. “The only thing that’s unchanged is the RV park.”
The event is being named for the Pennies in the Park group who started raising money for park improvements and playground equipment more than 15 years ago and had amassed $16,000 through fundraising activities.
This group included City secretary Rhonda Williams.
“It’s a nice legacy to leave the kids,” Wooldridge said. “Rhonda said she raised the money for her kids and it ended up being for her grandkids.”
The delays yield a lot more improvement thanks to new roofs purchased with insurance money following the hailstorm in 2015 and the 1,500 to 2,000 hours put in by volunteers and organizations who helped renovate existing stations and install brand new ones.
Wooldridge said the TPWD was surprised by the initial list of items earmarked for the grant and said nobody had ever turned in a list of 32 items. From that list, only seven items aren’t being accomplished through the City pledges or grant’s funding.
This list includes items such as recently installed security camera, an 18-hole miniature golf course, horseshoe pits, the miniature golf course renovation by the 2016 TMCN Leadership group, exercise stations installed along a path that will soon be resurfaced, new stadium lights and electronic scoreboard, painting around the entire facility, renovations at all building, renovations on all courts and fields, new picnic tables, covered seating for parents and much more.
“I said this is my wishlist to Santa,” she said. “I’d like to think we’ll leave Dublin a little better.”
Wooldridge insisted this project only came together through the organization of the whole community and invites everyone to see the dedication of our park.