Park Improvements


The Park Foundation is constantly planning and making improvements to the La Vernia City Park. Whenever possible, local suppliers and contractors are used for these projects.

For more information about our organization and how improvements are funded, click here.

Recent Park Additions

The Park Foundation recently completed several improvements to the City Park.

Gazebo

GazeboIn the summer of 2009, the gazebo and flag pole were added, creating a perfect place for weddings, parties or just enjoying a pleasant afternoon.

 

Decorative FencingPark Fence

Several hundred feet of decorative fencing was installed along the entrance parking lot.

A new interior sliding entry gate was also added next to the basketball court. This new gate will both improve security and safe access.


Walking Track Bridge
Bridge

A new custom-built bridge was installed along the walking track over the creek area.

The older bridge that it replaced was becoming a safety hazard. The new bridge has concrete footings and a concrete walkway, with railings that match the newly installed fence.

 


New Tree Plantings

Oak TreeThirteen trees were planted in early 2008 to provide for future shade and beauty. These plantings are all in the front picnic areas of the park.

The species of trees planted include Live Oak, Shumard Red Oak, Texas Red Oak, and Bald Cypress.

Park Foundation members are watering trees weekly using a slow-release watering system called an Ooze Tube, which can be seen at the base of the trees.

 

All of these recent improvements were completely funded by the Park Foundation with proceeds from our annual La Vernia BBQ Cookoff.

Other Improvements

PlayscapePlayscape

In 2003, the La Vernia Park Foundation and the City of La Vernia worked together to apply for a matching funds grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

With the award of this grant, work started in 2004 on the installation of a new playscape. This playscape was installed by Park Foundation members and with the generous help of many volunteers and organizations.

Walking Track
Picnic TableWalking Track and Picnic Areas

The next phase of this project involved construction of a 1/2 mile walking track. The walking track winds through the tree lined area at the front of the park.

Also installed were several picnic areas, including trash cans and BBQ pits. Two of the picnic areas are ADA-accessable.


Basketball Court and Butterfly Garden Butterfly Garden

Basketball Court

The basketball court was installed next, along with fencing between the court and the parking area. Lighting was also installed to provide for additional evening play time.

The final step in this project was the installation of a butterfly garden near a portion of the walking track. The garden is being maintained by the La Vernia FFA Horticulture class.


Overall, this 3-year long project resulted in over $110,000 of park improvement expenditures.