Completion Date on Target for McKinney Park

by Jacqueline Sit
NewsWest 9

You can see the playground equipment is nearly finished, it's something neighbors have waited years for and this is just the beginning.  A major makeover for McKinney Park is finally here.

"They're getting it up, they're moving, and they're moving fast," Steve Patton, Director of Parks and Recreation in Odessa, said.

Director of Parks and Recreation Steve Patton takes us on a tour around Odessa's oldest park, which has been closed to the public since March but in a few months.

"That's it, that's a basketball court," Patton said.

From a basketball court, a soccer field to two new baseball fields.

"The tennis court is finished, all new surface on the tennis court," Patton pointed out, "the volleyball court right there.  It's for sand volleyball, we'll redo all the sand."

Right where I'm standing is soon to be the new spray park for kids and not only is it free, it's also going to be a huge interactive tool.

"One of them is called Tuney Tunes, and it's a keyboard that goes up on the side like that and when someone pushes on the keyboard, it squirts water out, but it plays the sound," Patton said.

While the residents here have waited a long time for this renovation, it's the spray ground in particular that's a dream come true for this local resident, who's worked years campaigning, proposing, and petitioning to get this project underway for future generations to enjoy.

"It's a beautiful addition to the park system as well as Odessa, and I think everybody will be very proud with this park after we're finished with it," Patton said.

City officials say they expect construction to finish by November.