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New parks coming to East El Paso

By: Stacey Welsh
EL PASO, Texas -- Two new parks are one step closer to coming to East El Paso. The El Paso City Council approved plans to build the Eastside Sports Complex and hired a project manager to oversee the Eastside Regional Park construction.

"Both parks are going to help tremendously with the number of teams and the growth we have on the east side," El Paso Interim Director for Parks and Recreation Paula Powell said.

The City Council approved a design/build method for the sports complex, meaning the same vendor will oversee the design and construction for the project. El Paso also hired a project manager for the regional park.

The sports complex is set to have about eight fields on about 80 acres where Montwood Drive dead-ends in far East El Paso. Powell said they will be able to accommodate different sports.

"I hope we can use it for flag football, football, for Little League teams and I guess for other ages, too," Far East El Paso resident Fernando Morales said.

Powell also said some fields at the sports complex and regional park will have artificial grass, a first for city parks.

The sports complex is expected to have one field with seating for 500 people for championship games and tournaments.

"I think it's going to be a great venue for tournaments. We're going to take extra care to involve the community in the design process and how it's laid out. We will also look at other cities and what they're doing," Powell said.

Powell said more planning needs to happen before construction can start on either project. The 2012 Quality of Life Bonds will pay for both projects.