Southside Place residents and their families celebrated the reopening of Fire Truck Park on Sunday.
The park has been closed since Valentine’s Day and reopened on Sunday with brand new play equipment, trees, benches, tennis courts a new deck and a donor wall, amongst other things.
Southside Place Fire Truck Park Committee raised $500,000 for the redevelopment of the park. The committee started with a goal of raising $350,000, but raised that amount in only three months.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on Sunday to celebrate the reopening of the park.
Southside Place Parks Board Trustee President Andy Chan said the park was “a labor of love.”
Fire Truck Park Executive Committee President and Co-Chair Daryl Hoover and Vice President of Development and Co-Chair Judy Stanley also spoke during the ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Wow. Guys we made it,” Hoover said.
Stanley said that “every gift was meaningful, even the kids contributed.”
Mayor Pat Patterson announced the official reopening of the park before the ribbon was cut and the kids were able to go play in their new park.
“It is now truly a jewel in the heart of the city,” Patterson said.
Residents were treated to food, which was donated by several local restaurants. Park goers were also able to shoot hoops with members of the Rice Basketball Team, hit balls with tennis pros or practice their curve ball from the new pitching mound.
The park is located at 3743 Garnet and is open every day from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.