Changes Coming to Curtis Park

The University Park City Council approved a $350,847.45 contract with RLM Earthco for improvements to the west side of Curtis Park.

The work includes implementing a new plant and tree layout with irrigation, adding hardscape to include sidewalks and an observation deck, decorative railing near Turtle Creek, and adding security lighting. The park at 3500 Lovers Lane is home to the Holmes Aquatic Center, playing fields, ponds, tennis courts, and other amenities. 

City officials say they hope the work will start in January and be finished around March 2022.

“This was a unique project that we wanted to make certain tied into the existing landscape there at Curtis Park as well as tied into our existing irrigation system and so forth,” Parks Director Sean Johnson said. “This was initially prioritized last summer … when one of our park board members as well as our council liaison (Liz) Farley, pointed out the need for some aesthetic improvements or enhancements there in Curtis Park. Curtis Park being a very active park being the home of the Holmes Aquatic Center as well as the ball diamond there in the athletic field.”

In other news:

  • The city council approved a $91,100 contract with LJA Engineering to develop plans and specifications associated with the replacement of traffic signals at the intersections of University Boulevard and Preston Road, and Lovers Lane and Westchester Drive.
  • The city council approved a proposal from Trane Inc. for $58,630 for labor and materials to rebuild one of the two chillers that are part of the HVAC system for city hall. The other chiller was rebuilt earlier this year.
  • The city council approved the purchase of a Ford F250 and Ford F150 for the city’s parks and engineering departments at a total cost of $67,327.36.
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Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, former deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order.

2 thoughts on “Changes Coming to Curtis Park

  • November 22, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    My father , Cole Manes, was
    city engineer of UP when this park was first designed (1932?) I have some photos you might like to see and am proud that the stone bridge leading to the pool area is still there.


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