Odessa Parks Foundation Puts Thousands of Dollars Into Area Parks

Odessa Parks Foundation Puts Thousands of Dollars Into Area Parks

By: Justin Kree

News West 9

ODESSA-  The meeting only lasted 15 minutes but Tuesday's Odessa City Council meeting had an important message for children.

Odessa Parks Foundation was there to show off their accomplishments done to parks in the area and areas of the city they are hoping to improve.

The 2014 Odessa Parks Foundation's proposed ideas for Optimist park and Central park that will be getting a face-lift. Optimist Park already has the best tennis courts in the park system and now they will be getting playground equipment as well.

Central Park is already heavily used by neighborhood children and even the Boys and Girls Club of Odessa sits in the northeast corner of the park.

Steve Patton with the Odessa Parks Foundation thinks this area is vital for an update to the existing park. He informed the council that a play structure will be built to hold 60-85 kids in the northwest part of the park.

Patton also talked about last years park renovations which included Murray-Fly, Western Manor and most recently Floyd-Gwin Park, all of which are a big deal with the local kids.

The dollar donation program from the utilities bill and generous foundation funds have made the new playground equipment a reality to Odessa.

Council member Barbra Graft from the third district agrees.

"Thank you to the public who has given one dollar a month to this. It's amazing what one dollar a month adds up to and with this foundation you're able to change a life," Graft said.

The total amount for both Optimist Park and Central Park is $250,000.