Midlothian Community Park

Overview


The Midlothian Community Park will enhance the beauty of Midlothian, address the need for youth and adult sport leagues and organizations, provide an unsurpassed special event location, offer a broad range of recreational amenities and support a higher quality of life. All aspects of this project will be reviewed by the Parks Board for their recommendations and acted upon by City Council.

The future Midlothian Community Park will conceptually include the following elements:
  • Trails
  • Picnic pavilions
  • Splash park
  • Playgrounds
  • Soccer/Football fields
  • Baseball/Softball fields
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Concession/Restroom facilities
  • Fishing Pond and Amphitheatre
Status: The City has secured the purchase of two tracts of land, approximately 155 acres in size, which will serve as the site for a new community park. The land is located east of FM 663 and north of Ashford Lane just south of the Lawson Farms subdivision. The land was purchased with monies from the citizen-approved 2006 bond package. The first public meeting was held on July 11, 2011. A presentation was made to the public to give a conceptual overview of the park and solicit input. In March 2013, the Midlothian City Council approved funding through the issuance of the $7.8 million general obligation bond.

Phase 1 Site Plan Photo Gallery of Park Construction Progress


August 2016 Park Project Update
 

Phase 1 details and updates:
        
  • Off-site water main installation has begun
  •  All of the irrigation has been installed
  •  The large and small soccer fields sections have been planted as well as the multipurpose field and all are growing in well
  • Multi-purpose lit field will be sodded late September early October.
  • Common areas and detention pond area will be seeded within the next month
  • The field goal poles and flag poles are scheduled to be installed by the end of September
  • Parking light poles are being installed at this time
  • Final grading work is being done
  • Approximately 15,000 feet of walking path has been poured
  • Pavilion over the plaza and restroom/concession has been installed
  • Playground pieces and shade structure have been received and the site is being prepared for install
  • Anticipated opening of Phase 1 for the park minus the playing fields is late Fall of 2016 or could be Spring of 2017 depending on weather conditions and availability of the on-site water main install.

May 2016 Park Project Update


Phase 1 details and updates:
  • All the onsite utilities have been installed.
  • Off-site water main has been bid out, and awarded. Installation to begin in June.
  • 50% of the irrigation has been installed.
  • The field goal poles and flag poles are scheduled to be installed in early June.
  • All underground electrical is installed throughout the entire park site.
  • Trail lighting pedestals installed and the light poles will be installed in mid-June.
  • Final grading work is being done and preparing for the top soil to be installed.
  • Approx.10,000ft of walking path has been poured.
  • Concession and restroom buildings delivered and installed.
  • Pavilion over the plaza and restroom/concession delivered and being installed.
  • Playground pieces have been delivered and the site is being prepared for install.
  • Staff, Park Board, Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc., and Dean Construction are currently working together as a group to build the best park facility to meet all the needs of the citizens.
  • Anticipated opening of Phase I for the park minus the playing fields is late Fall of 2016 or could be Spring of 2017 depending on weather conditions and availability of the on-site water main install.

February 2016 Park Project Update


Phase 1 details and updates:
  • Main sanitary sewer has been laid and all onsite water lines installed.
  • Irrigation system will begin to be installed in early April.
  • New pond has been lined with clay and all piping installed and filling up.
  • Multi-use field bleachers and press box have been installed.
  • Approximately 5000 feet of walking trails have been poured.
  • Retaining walls around the plaza and football fields have been poured.
  • Storm drain install is completed.
  • Concession and restroom building scheduled to be delivered and installed in March.
  • Pavilion over the plaza and restroom/concession scheduled to be shipped late March.
  • Playground sections have been delivered and site prep has begun for installation.
  • Concrete pours 90% complete, which includes the 14th Street corridor and parking lots.
  • Staff, Park Board, Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc., and Dean Construction are currently working together as a group to build the best park facility to meet all the needs of the citizens.
  • Anticipated opening of Phase I is Fall of 2016 contingent on weather conditions, possibly Spring of 2017.

November 2015 Park Project Update


Phase 1 details and updates:
  • The CMAR has been working with the contractors on the project.
  • Main sanitary sewer has been laid and all the onsite water lines installed.
  • Irrigation main line installed as well as the wet well with the pumps installed.
  • Over flow structure in the main pond constructed.
  • Approx. 2000ft of walking path has been poured.
  • Retaining walls around the plaza and football fields has been poured.
  • Storm drain work is in progress.
  • Concession and restroom building, concrete colors, pavilion cover color options have been chosen and approved by council, and have been ordered.
  • Concrete crew scheduled for the middle of December to start setting up and pouring the 14th Street extension as well as the parking lot and plaza for the park.
  • Staff, Park Board, Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc., and Dean Construction are currently working together as a group to build the best park facility to meet all the needs of the citizens.
  • Anticipated opening of Phase 1 is Fall of 2016

August 2015 Park Project Update


Phase 1 details and updates:
  • The CMAR has been working with the contractors on the project. 95% of the dirt work has been done and the contractors will finish the final grades after the utilities and all the flatwork is completed.
  • Main sanitary sewer line has been laid and in the process of testing.
  • Storm drain work is in progress.
  • The PB has made their recommendation on the concession/restroom facility to council, and council is reviewing the options and will be making a decision soon. The irrigation, water line, lighting plan, park amenities, plaza and playground, have been released for advertisement. The bids are scheduled to be received and opened on Aug 21st. Once reviewed and verified it is scheduled to go to council for approval on September 8th, 2015.
  • Once the bids are released and received and the funds are allocated for these necessary items, we will then assess the remainder of the funds and prioritize other items requested by citizens and youth sport associations to see if they can be funded.
  • Staff, Park Board, Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc., and Dean Construction are currently working together as a group to build the best park facility to meet all the needs of the citizens.
  • Anticipated opening of Phase I is Fall of 2016.

May 2015 Park Project Update


Phase 1 details and updates:
  • With the large amount of rain we received in May, the construction has put us a little behind, but we will still be fine on the overall completion date.
  • The CMAR has been working with the contractors on the project. 90% of the dirt work has been done and approximately 600 ft. of the sanitary sewer has been installed.
  • City staff and the PB have working closely together to get the final design of the restroom/concession building done. Once City Council makes the final approval of the design we will be able to bid it out along with the irrigation, water line, lighting plan, park amenities, plaza and playground, etc.
  • Once the bids are released and received and the funds are allocated for these necessary items, we will then assess the remainder of the funds and prioritize other items requested by citizens and youth sport associations to see if they can be funded.
  • Staff, Park Board, Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc., and Dean Construction are currently working together as a group to build the best park facility to meet all the needs of the citizens.
  • Anticipated opening of Phase I is Fall of 2016

February 2015 Park Project Update


Phase 1 details and updates:
  • The CMAR requested and received bids for the civil package of Phase 1 which includes: the sanitary sewer, storm drain, electrical and fiber sleeving, concrete work, portion of 14th Street from Ashford to Belmont, and site grading. All other aspects of the project will be bid out in late April or early May
  • City Council approved the funds for the civil package on February 10, 2015
  • Layout of park design is complete
  • Design of the S. 14th Street extension from Ashford to Belmont has been completed and bid out in the civil package
  • Staff, Park Board, Dunkin Sims Stoffels, Inc and Dean Construction are currently working together on the final design of Phase I that includes the specifications of the concession area, playground and other amenities
  • Anticipated opening of Phase I is Fall of 2016

November 2014 Park Project Update


Phase 1 details and updates:
  • CMAR (Construction Manager at Risk) was acquired to run the project. Dean Construction from Cedar Hill, TX was the winning bidder.
  • On May 13th 2014 Council approved that the City of Midlothian will supply the water to serve irrigation needs for the park, alignment for water main still not determined.
  • Layout of park design has been 99% complete.
  • Designing the extension of S. 14th Street from Ashford to Belmont and the sanitary sewer line design is in progress.
  • City Staff and Dunkin Sims Stoffels are currently working together on the final design of Phase I and the specifications of the concession area, playground and other amenities.
  • Anticipated opening of Phase I is Fall of 2015 but due to unknown weather conditions it could possibly be the Spring of 2016.

June 2014 Park Project Update


Phase 1 details and updates:
  • Cultural Resource Study: To verify that there are no prehistoric sites on the property, required by the state before any excavation can begin. (In Progress)
  • Jurisdictional (Water of the United States) Determination Survey: Since there is a pond on the property and we are planning on using that water for the irrigation we have to verify who has the water rights and to make sure that there are no downstream effects when we pull the water for the irrigation needs.( Completed)
  • Protected Species Habitat Survey: To verify that there are no endangered species, or threatened species, or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat of such species.(Completed)
  • Preparations underway to start interviewing for a CMR (Construction Manager at Risk) to run the project. Hopefully this person will be acquired by the end of June.
  • On May 13th Council approved that the City of Midlothian will supply the water to serve irrigation needs for the park.
  • Layout of park uses is ongoing
  • Designing the extension of S. 14th Street is ongoing
  • Staff and Dunkin Simms Stoffels are currently working together on the final design of Phase I and the specifications of the soccer fields, the parking design, as well as the design of the new stadium for the MYFL.
  • Anticipated opening of Phase I is Fall of 2015 but possibly the Spring of 2016.

March 2014 Park Project Update


As the City of Midlothian’s future premier recreational venue, the Midlothian Community Park is now in the Phase 1 design stage which includes soccer fields, football and practice field for the MYFL (Midlothian Youth Football League), a walking track, a trail system, a concession area with restrooms and playgrounds. The anticipated completion date of the Community Park Phase 1 is Fall 2015. This City Parks & Recreation project will be developed in two phases with the second phase including baseball fields, tennis & basketball courts, splash pad, picnic pavilions, concession area with restrooms, a fishing pond, trail system expansion and an amphitheater.

Phase 1 details and updates:
  • Geotechnical analysis & surveying of entire park site is complete
  • Water analysis to determine irrigation system to 70+ acres of fields is ongoing
  • Layout of park uses is ongoing
  • Traffic analysis on S. 14th Street and Ashford Ln is ongoing
  • Designing the extension of S. 14th Street is ongoing
  • Cultural resource study, jurisdictional determination (water of the United States) and protected species habitat survey is ongoing