Post Number: 4
|Posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 - 08:08 pm: |
2-3 years ago there was a sign on the land there stating this was the future site of some kind of Frisco athletic park. The sign has since been shot and eroded by the elements and it's gone.
Is there still an athletic park planned there? What will it consist of? When will construction start and end?
Rick Wieland, Dir. of Parks and Rec
Post Number: 445
|Posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2010 - 11:37 am: |
Thanks for your note about the Northeast Community Park site. In a visit to the park yesterday, we actually saw three signs that are placed on the outside perimeter of the park site.
Each sign identifies that this is a site of a future lighted athletic facility. I have asked our staff to locate one of these signs more central along Honey Grove as well as the one that is located along Tyler for better visibiity.
As far as future plans for the park, yes, it will one day become a typical community park, which would include such elements as lighted baseball/softball fields, soccer/football fields, concession and restroom facilities, playground(s), trails, paved parking areas, paviliion(s), etc.
While there has been no definite date as to when the master planning of this site would take place, this usually would occur 2-3 years prior to actual development, depending on funding availability.
Other examples of community parks that have had some development take place on them would be Warren Sports Complex, Harold Bacchus Community Park and B.F. Phillips Community Park. More information about these can be found at our website http://www.friscofun.org/parks/parks/Pages/default.aspx
Hope that this helps to shed some light on your questions.
Director of Parks and Recreation
In regard to the signs that
Post Number: 4
|Posted on Friday, January 28, 2011 - 01:26 pm: |
Are there any developments on this issue, this year?
Post Number: 42
|Posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 - 04:23 pm: |
At this time there has been no decision made on which community park would receive the next phase of development. Once that decision is made it will help predict when development might occur on this Park site.
Post Number: 3
|Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 10:43 am: |
This really makes no sense to me. I have been here since 2007 and pay a yearly PID fee of $150 for this "future" park. I feel bamboozled as my kids will be in college by the time this park is built. Now, there is a new neighborhood that is being built and those homeowners will not have to contribute money to the park but their kids will be able to fully utilize it. Sourgrapes but very disheartening.
Post Number: 44
|Posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 - 02:28 pm: |
I hope I can shed some light on the issues you raised and hopefully they will make more sense.
You are paying into the PID that helped construct PID areas within your subdivision that have been in place for many years. There was also some contribution of PID proceeds that did go towards the construction of the City of Frisco neighborhood parks that are in the Panther Creek Subdivision. This was done to help get them in place earlier than would have been possible otherwise. We recently completed the construction of the third neighborhood park in this subdivision. The portion you pay each year for maintenance is only to maintain the PID areas, it does not help subsidize the maintenance cost of the neighborhood parks.
The Community Park that you are speaking of was not purchased with, nor will it be developed with funds that you pay into the PID. The Community Park was purchased with funds from the Community Development Corporation and it is anticipated that they will fund all, if not most, of the construction cost. We plan for and construct our community parks based on the needs for athletic fields. The City did purchase most of the property that we will need for these sports complexes years ago. This was to ensure that there was sufficient land set aside for these facilities and to purchase it as cheaply as possible. We try to pace the construction of facilities with the need for the facilities. It is far more cost effective to construct, maintain and operate sports fields that are being used at near capacity than it would be to construct fields and facilities on all the property that has been set aside for community park.
We have received several comments about people in one of the PIDís being upset that a new subdivision will receive a new park that they are not paying for, or that others from outside a PID area can come in and use the public parks. Panther Creek is the only subdivision in the City where the developer decided to form a PID and use a portion of those funds to help fund the construction of neighborhood parks. All other neighborhood parks in subdivisions are funded wholly or in part by Bonds, Park Dedication Fees or direct developer contributions. I would assume that in the last two cases it is safe to say that those cost were passed on to the people who purchase homes in that subdivision so therefore they do ultimately pay for the neighborhood park. It is just rolled into the cost of the lot or the home.
It is standard practice for park needs and facilities to be aggregated. There is not a park in the City of Frisco that only serves the needs of one subdivision. Every one of them have 2-3 subdivisions that the neighborhood park is meant to serve. And because of the close proximity of the different subdivisions to the neighborhood it effectively serves those subdivisions.
If you have further questions please feel free to contact me.
Parks Planning and Business Development Manager