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Neglected Sherman Park To Get Major Upgrade


SHERMAN, TX -- After years of what some neighbors call neglect, an old park will soon get some new amenities as part of a city project designed to revitalize one neighborhood.

Even longtime residents cannot remember the last time they saw anything new at one park in Sherman. The parks director says the basketball court, a main feature, was adapted from an old tennis court. "If you look across town at other parks, it seems like they're way more advanced than this one, it looks like it has been neglected," says resident Lillie Lucas.

"I don't take her no more because there's really nothing it's got the swings," says resident Cesar Ortiz.

But now,work is underway on a nearly $300,000 project to rip out and replace sidewalks and a basketball court at Fielder Park on East Pecan Street.

"A park for the kids is always good as long as it's safe," says one resident named Lucille.

"We certainly as a city council over the past several years have put parks as a priority," says Mayor Cary Wacker.

After considering four of five options, officials decided this park needed attention most, parks director Kevin Winkler said.

"It will give kids something to do and they haven't had a whole lot to do over there," says Lucas.

"It's gone from the young kids having a good time at it to the older kids using it as a place to hang out," says area resident Clint Dillon.

They also plan to put in a brand new playground set. Some of the neighbors here say that these changes are long overdue.

"It will be very noticeable to people, not only people in that neighborhood but also people driving through Sherman," says Wacker.

"Just for the kids to have fun, there's a lot of kids around here that all go to that park," says Ortiz.

When it comes to park upgrades, Wacker says budget is a limitation, but she hopes this project won't be the last. She is also inviting people to help maintain parks.

"We're really encouraging that. We're very close to re-starting our Keep Sherman Beautiful Commission. We will be looking for lots of volunteer help."

Last June, Great Days of Service volunteers painted eight houses nearby. The park should be ready by June and streets will also be repaired for the city Neighborhood Revitalization Pilot Project. Wacker says council members will discuss parks during their budget process which starts next week.