The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Local News

February 2, 2013

Replacing one splash with another

GREENVILLE — COMMERCE—The Commerce City Council announced last week that the city pool on Park Street will be closed permanently after it was shut down last summer when a pump malfunctioned.

After doing estimates, the city found out that the parts are no longer made for the pool and that repair costs would exceed the $10,000 mark.

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, student affairs coordinator for Texas A&M University-Commerce, said he had an idea on how to keep the city park filled with children during the summer.

“I know people who want to give monetarily to develop a water fountain,” he said. “We want to ensure that our kids will have water activities for them to play in. The focus of what we are trying to do is to provide a safe and wholesome place to enjoy the hot summer.”

The proposed water fountain would be similar to a water fountain located in downtown Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County.

City Manager Marc Clayton said the average cost per year for the pool’s maintenance and water was $60,000 per year. He said since the maintenance costs on water fountains are low, if enough citizens can invest, the city would be able to build and maintain one. The cost for a spray park Clayton said would be in the $250,000 to $350,000 range.

“Quite honestly, this seems doable to me,” Clayton said. “We could have a waterpark in Commerce.”

The proposed location would be where the current pool sits. According to Clayton, he will meet with an engineering firm to find the best place for a water fountain in city park.

Many cities are moving from having pools to having water activity areas. Jackie Morriss, a Commerce resident, said the project would be beneficial to Commerce.

“This will be very very good,” she said. “Parents would be able to take their children and enjoy. A spray park would be wonderful for Commerce.”

A proposal to approve to construct a water fountain is expected to be discussed in either the February or March City Council meeting.

If accepted, Clayton said the fountain should be open by the summer of 2014.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Field.jpg GISD trustees approve replacing track, turf

    When the Greenville High School football team takes the field in August, they will be marching out onto new turf.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Royce Tawater.jpg Guilty pleas expected in July 2013 shootings

    A  Greenville man, sentenced to state prison earlier this year on a weapons charge, is scheduled to plead guilty today to multiple counts involving two different shootings in July 2013.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • GPD stock photo.jpg Guilty plea given in child injury case

    A local woman has pleaded guilty to seriously injuring a child in Greenville in February of last year.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Greenville Police Department patch.jpg Trial set in BB gun vandalism case

    A trial date has been set for a Greenville man, charged with causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage by firing a BB gun at dozens of local homes, vehicles and businesses.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Joshua Flowers chase wreck.jpg One arrested following stolen vehicle chase

    A Tarrant County man is in custody at the Hunt County Jail, after being thrown from a stolen vehicle which he allegedly crashed following a brief Sunday afternoon chase.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jefferies.jpg Bond issue questions asked, answered

    If the proposed $72.275 million Greenville Independent School District bond passes, the district will move from the third-lowest school district tax rate in Hunt County to sixth out of 11 school districts in tax rates.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Start of mall project getting closer

    Something new has been added to the property on which rests Crossroads Mall in Greenville, but it is not another store or restaurant.

    April 15, 2014

  • Painting_With_a_Twist_feature_(1).1.jpg "it gets easier and easier'

    Diagnosed with terminal cancer, with only about a month left to live, Quinlan resident Mike Loftin needed a spiritual lift, something fun and entertaining to keep his mind off of his illness.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hall votes against Ryan’s budget

    On April 10, the House of Representatives passed House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, a plan that includes $5.1 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years without changing the tax code.

    April 15, 2014

  • Reward offered in burned cat case

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads
Photos


See more photos and purchase prints here.

Poll

What's your favorite spring high school sport?

Swimming and diving
Wrestling
Basketball
Soccer
Tennis
Golf
Track and Field
Softball
Baseball
     View Results
Facebook
AP Video
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Reader's Choice