County working to enhance Helen McCall Park

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A model of Helen McCall Park on display Monday.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 03:43 PM.

District 5 County Commissioner Cindy Meadows held a community meeting/workshop Monday night at the Coastal Branch Library to discuss the expansion of Helen McCall Park.

The park currently has batting cages, picnic tables, two baseball, a T-ball and softball field, and a soccer/multi-use field. It currently has one restroom and one concession stand on its 29.2 acres.

If the applied for $200,000 grant is received, plans are to add another parking lot, picnic area, restroom and concession stand, renovate the existing soccer field, install irrigation and new sod, renovate its playground and add new equipment. Grants Coordinator Angie Biddle said the estimated cost of the project is $207,000.

Future plans for the park also include the installation of an additional parking lot, call box, concession stand and additional restrooms. When this renovation is complete, there will be no more portable toilets, said Parks and Recreation's Brad Alford.

Biddle said the park is used every day for Little League and youth football from July to November.

Josh Foreman said his children practice at Helen McCall four days a week with the Panhandle Youth Football Association. He said a traveling soccer team also makes use of the field, and he estimates as many as 250 people can be found there on a Saturday.

To help ease traffic flow to the complex, Meadows said the county is also attempting to acquire an entrance to the park off County Road 393S. Currently, the park’s entrance is on Moll Drive.

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