NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -Within the next few months, construction will take place here at Maroney Park for a new splash pad.
Thanks to the Park’s Advocacy League of Nacogdoches fundraising efforts and the help of the community.
“It just feels good to be involved with a project where you just see the goodness in people and really come together and I think things that can kind of divide us start to fall away when we say we just really want what’s best for the community,” said Michelle Cox, President of Parks Advocacy League of Nacogdoches.
Funding has also been provided by the city for new restrooms at Maroney, Pecan and Pioneer Parks, and the splash pad will have a special them.
“Because we are the garden capitol of Texas, that’s a unique character we have in East Texas and so there will be a little frog and a butterfly and little things like that will be a garden feel,” said Cox.
Cox says their overall goal is to make the community more enjoyable and family friendly.
“I have heard a lot about well you know we want to have heads in beds and get people to stay in our hotels and visit. I really feel like we need to be more concerned about heads and homesteads and really get people to want to stay here,” said Cox.
For city officials, they say with the new improvements to city parks they are hoping to attract more people.
“We are truly blessed here in East Texas especially Nacogdoches, we have more park land, open green space than most people do and we kind of forget about it because we’re so use to it. People who live on the beach don’t necessarily think about vacationing on the beach, so when people leave often times they grow up here, go off to college, they come back, and they say this is where I want to be because they realize we have phenomenal trail system and park system,” said Brian Bray, Director of Communication Services.
The Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation Advisory Board will have a meeting on February 7, 2019 at 5:30 to discuss summer regulations for Maroney Park.