Austin, TX (December 21, 2016) –
Last night, the Portland TX City Council voted to award Hellas Design Build Group from Hellas Construction the contract to renovate and expand their Municipal Park and the Sports Complex. They are wasting no time. The official groundbreaking was today, so the project will immediately get underway. Representatives from Hellas and the City of Portland were all in attendance at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“There will be no place like Portland when we are finished,” said Reed Seaton, CEO Hellas Construction. “This project will benefit all community members and the City,” he said. “We can’t wait to get started,” Seaton said.
The Municipal Park was built in 1968, and has not been significantly expanded, reconstructed or renovated much throughout the years. It is a 13 acre park that will be renovated to include five baseball fields, each sized for different leagues and made with Hellas’ Matrix? Turf with organic GeoPlus? infill and protective padding under the turf. The proposal calls for sound systems, scoreboards, batting cages, common areas, concessions and restrooms, a covered basketball court , a covered fitness station, a jogging trail with Hellas’ TPS 5000 acrylic surfacing, a splash pad, and a covered playground with turf surfacing, shade structures with picnic tables and grills, maintenance building, an expanded parking lot, and municipal park entrance signs.
The Sports Complex was originally built in 1977, also hasn’t had many renovations in the past. It will be expanded to include four softball fields, capable of hosting soccer games in the outfield, one full-size football/soccer field or three youth soccer fields, and one multi-purpose field, all made with Hellas’ Matrix Turf with organic GeoPlus infill and a protective padding under the turf. In addition, there will be one natural grass multipurpose field, a sound system, concessions and restrooms, picnic tables, dugouts, sports lighting, scoreboards, covered bleachers, batting cages, a covered playground and splash pad, fencing, an expanded parking lot, and entrance signs with planters.
City Staff and Hellas worked over the last several months, meeting with the sports leagues and other stakeholders, to ensure that the design was a community-driven process prior to finalizing the schematic layouts. The bond to pay for the project was approved by voters in May 2016.