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Hidalgo County and Precinct 1 Commissioner Joel Quintanilla are pleased to announce the grand opening of the newly renovated Sunset Park in Mercedes on Saturday, May 5, 2012.
For years, Sunset Park offered basic amenities - one swing set, a pair of picnic tables, and restrooms. Since 2007, the Precinct has dedicated substantial time, effort, and funding to bring the park up to par and provide much-needed outdoor recreation activities for local residents and families.
The Precinct received funding through the US Department of Energy, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Hidalgo County Urban County Program to assist with addition and expansion of the park’s amenities. The Precinct augmented the initial grants & appropriations with its own funding sources, and the newly renovated Sunset Park now boasts a wide variety of recreational amenities, including:• New swing sets• Basketball courts• Paved walking & bicycle trail (.610th of a Mile) with fitness stations along the trail • Picnic tables• BBQ pits• New concession stands with restrooms • Solar lighting• New fence surrounding park• Paved new parking lot• 2 Baseball Fields (almost complete)• 1 Football Field / Multi-use Soccer Field• Portable bleachers for fields
With support from its partners, the Precinct is looking forward to fund future park improvements such as picnic table canopies, irrigation system for fields, additional restrooms on the north side of park, landscaping, and more.
The Grand Opening is scheduled 11 am to 1 pm, with a program at 11:30 am featuring County Judge Ramon Garcia and County Commissioner Joel Quintanilla. Sunset Park is located at Mile 11 North and Mile 1 ½ West in Mercedes. Food and refreshments will be provided. All media and the public are encouraged to attend.