TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Cheerful screams and laughter from children hung in the air at Hillside Park in Tyler Tuesday night, as the City of Tyler announced the park’s grand opening after 2 years of planning and renovations.
Kids playfully competed for limited spots on the new playground equipment while dozens of parents mingled in and around food trucks parked on the street. Hillside Park’s grand opening was a highly-anticipated end to one part of a multi-phase project expected to revamp an area of Tyler that city officials admit has been given little attention in recent years.
“This has been a 2 year project, and look behind me - this is what it’s all about,” said Don Warren, city councilman for District 4. “Making kids have fun.”
Construction started in Oct. 2018 to install a new 13 ft. concrete slide and a 200 ft. art wall, which was decorated by 20 local artists ahead of Tuesday’s grand opening. The park would also be fitted with new playground equipment, as well benches and tables.
Warren pointed out, “we have made a one-of-a-kind park with unique - we’ve got a 27,000 lb. slide over here. We’ve got a rotating net that’s the only one of its kind in Tyler.
“What you hear is kids screaming, laughing, having fun, and that’s what it’s all about,” Warren said.
City leaders have said food trucks and an upgraded soccer complex are among some of the other features planned for Hillside Park.
Hillside Park is located on Erwin Street, east of the downtown area. The renovations were approved by the city council back in July 2018, and will be funded primarily through the half-cent sales tax project.