Tom Bean to get first city park

By: Madeline Schmitt Email
By: Madeline Schmitt Email

TOM BEAN, Texas -- Tom Bean will soon have a new attraction that's the first of it's kind in the town -- a city park.

"We've been looking for some land around the city for years, because the citizens want a place for their children to go and play," Mayor Sherry Howard said.

Finally, the ideal piece of land -- a heavily wooded area -- was found, located off of Highway 11.

Howard says that land was recently discovered within Tom Bean city limits, however, Grayson County owned it.

"And the county did sell that piece of property to the city of Tom Bean," she said.

Now, the city is in the process of annexing of the nearly 2-acre lot. On Monday at the city council meeting, the first public hearing to annex the land was held.

Also at that meeting, the city's Type B Economic Development Corporation allocated $2,500 to go toward a "feasibility study" for the park.

On July 31, a second public meeting will be held for the annexation. That's when the land will legally belong to Tom Bean, Howard says.

And when the land is annexed into city property on July 31st, a consultant group out of Arlington will begin its work on the city park.

Howard said that within 60 days of July 31, the consultant group will have a master plan for the park.

The city has already given a sketch of what it would like the park to generally look like to the consultant firm.

The sketch (pictured RIGHT), was drafted up by a student in the Computer Aided Drafting and Design program at Grayson County College.

"It has a stream in it. We could have bridges covering it, and also we could have a trail out there for people who like to walk," Howard said.

News 12 asked two young Tom Bean residents, Camila and Natalie, what they'd like to see in the park.

"Slides...and uh, monkeybars," Natalie said.

Another Tom Bean resident hadn't heard about the project until News 12 told her about it.

"That's awesome," Robin Everett said. "We really need stuff like that around here. Keeps people from having to drive all the way into Sherman to take their kids somewhere to have fun."

Because it's so early on in the project, there's no set completion date. And because the area is so heavily wooded, it could take multiple phases of funding to complete.

Howard says the park will be funded through grants gathered by the Type B Economic Development Corporation, which means taxpayers won't be spending any money on it.

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