Some call it the biggest development in Lindale since Target brought a distribution center to the town in the late nineties, the Cannery.
“It’s a great thing for the city to revitalize its downtown,” said Mayor Jeff Daugherty.
Now, in addition to the entertainment, dining and shopping destination, they’re going to break ground on a 21-acre park Thursday morning at 9 a.m.
“We’ve been working on the park idea for probably 6 or 7 years. For a town of 6,000 it takes a little while to put the money together,” said Daugherty.
They’re working on it in two phases.
“First part right now we’re paying with a bond. We’re going to go out for a grant for the second phase of the park,” said Interim City Manager Carolyn Caldwell.
In October, they say they will be applying for a $500,000 matching grant with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
“Phase one will include the lighted trail system and the pond. Phase two will include the pavilion, fishing pier, we’re looking at a spray park downtown for the kids. We’re also looking for a sponsor for the spray park,” said Daugherty.
The final plans include a playground, amphitheater and 18-hole disc golf course.
“It was an area that was going down hill and kind of getting run down,” said Caldwell. “People started moving away from it. You have to do something to bring them back and the park is to bring them back.”
It’s a continued investment, hoping to make Lindale a destination to look for on the map.
They say construction on Phase 1 should be complete by November and they will begin construction on Phase 2 in March.
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