Second Phase of City’s Nature Park Near Completion

Johnathan Torres and his father Mario walk in front of the amphitheater at the city’s Nature Park. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

by Tony Vindell/LFN

Construction of the city’s Nature Park is moving along as Phase 2 of the project is nearing its completion.

The city commission recently approved an action in which the Community Development Corp. allocated $229,000 to be spent on several areas, such as landscaping, an irrigation system and a sign that will give the park its own identity as a recreational place for people to enjoy.

City Manager Mark Milum recommended approving the items, saying the construction phase of the park is about done.

The funds are being invested in walking trails, removing invasive plant species, building an amphitheater, benches and picnic tables, water fountains and exercise stations.

Other spending went into landscaping.

A major effort went into buying native and drought tolerant trees and shrubs.

Native species such as wild olive trees, yellow zaphora, blue mist, caelsafine Mexicana, Texas frog fruit, mulch and herbicides were bought planted and used in the landscaping.

Also, a roadside sign was also purchased.

It’s actually a large boulder, that has the Los Fresnos Nature Park in big letters.

Mario and his son Johnathan Torres said they have been using the park’s trail since it was made available to the public.

“There is no reason for people not to come here,” Mario Torres said as the two walked along the trail on a day last week. “Not too many cities have a beautiful park such as this one here.”

In other action, the commission approved a memorandum of understanding with Los Fresnos school district to establish and maintain a coordinated program for enhancing emergency planning response in the event of critical situations.

The commission also approved an updated version of the city’s Police Department Police policy manual and the guidelines for the use of force.

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