TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Work began Thursday afternoon to bring fun new features to the Hillside Park in Tyler, the first of a multi-phase project expected to revamp an area that’s been given little attention in recent years.
Construction teams are busy installing a new 13 ft. concrete slide and 200 ft. art wall. Members of the city council said they realized the park hadn’t been worked on in years. With that in mind, councilmembers spoke with neighbors on how they could improve the park to their liking, even if it meant throwing all of their own ideas out.
“We started talking to the community, how do you like our ideas? And they said, we really don’t like them," said Don Warren, city councilman for District 1. "And so we realized we really can’t recreate Bergfeld Park or Southside Park. This is it’s own place, and we really need to listen to what the people who live here wanted.”
Other additions to the park -- like benches, tables, and the such -- will also be themed in concrete. City leaders have said food trucks and an upgraded soccer complex are among some of the other features planned for Hillside Park.
“Food trucks are quickly becoming a ‘must’ within the context of urban parks and Hillside is no stranger to informal food trucks operating Sunday afternoons during the height of soccer season,” the plan stated.
Warren said the slabs for the art wall should be installed by Friday afternoon.
Hillside Park is located on Erwin Street, east of the downtown area. The renovations were approved by the city council back in July, and will be funded primarily through the half-cent sales tax project.