Roving Reporter | "Parks Board Hears from Sid Richardson Foundation" by Jeanette Larson

Little League Representatives peruse the plans
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The Rockport Parks and Leisure Services Advisory Board held an emergency meeting on February 6, 2018 to hear from officials with the Sid Richardson Foundation about their plans for rebuilding part of Memorial Park. Also in attendance were several members of the Rockport Fulton Little League Association, as well as members of the city park's staff and other support groups. Pete Geren, President and Chief Executive Officer, spoke briefly about Sid Richardson and the Bass family's connections to Rockport and the Foundation's interest in helping Rockport. In addition to other programs that support the city post-Harvey, the Foundation wants to help "life return to normal for the kids" in the area. The first step to accomplishing that goal is getting the Little League ball fields ready for the upcoming season. Work has started on that phase and the season is expected to begin on April 7th.

Parks Board members listen to input from Little Leaguers
Phase Two will provide opportunities to enhance the entire sports complex at the front of the park. The Parks Board members viewed conceptual plans that include the ability to use the area for more than baseball. Architect Michael Bennett discussed a plaza and pavilion that could lead to concession stands, bleachers, and bathrooms. Safety concerns with parking and entering and exiting the park were discussed. Phase II will begin after the 2018 Little League season and the Foundation will take the various concerns and the input from the Parks Board members and the Little League representatives into consideration before returning with firmer plans and drawings. A formal press conference and announcement of plans will be held at a later date.

Architect Micheal Bennet

Pat Rios, Michael Bennett, Pete Geren, Rick Martinez
(from left to right)

Pete Geren, President and CEO, Sid Richardson Foundation

Reviewing the conceptual plans
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Leo Villa points out some areas of safety concern

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