Belton looks to expand Heritage Park

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The Belton City Council in their meeting Tuesday will consider a plan that would more than double the size of Heritage Park.

The proposal is to purchase just over 84 acres of property adjacent and north of the current park at a cost of $2.1 million.

This lane includes the sourthern part of the old Leon Valley Golf Course.

If the agreement is approved, the City of Belton would also have the first right of refusal to buy the remaining 55-acres of the former golf course for three years.

In addition, the agreement calls for the city to receive 60-percent of the Leon River water rights for the former golf course.

A statement issued by the city notes that Heritage Park is the busiest park in Belton, primarily die to youth baseball and soccer league use.

The city has received approval from Texas Parks and Wildlife to use $500,000 of the purchase price as credit for a parks grant that could help fund $1 million in improvements to the park through a future grant application.

If all goes according to plan, a community-wide effort to plan for the expansion is in the future with that planning process beginning as soon as this coming fall.

“This is a very special opportunity, a legacy-type project,” Belton Mayor Marion Grayson said.

“Heritage Park is a place where families have created memories together for generations, and its potential to do so in the future would be enhanced by increasing the size of it from 65 acres to nearly 150 acres.”

“Heritage Park has served Belton very well for an extended period of time, but we have outgrown it,”
Belton City Manager Sam Listi said.

“This is an exciting expansion opportunity where the additional acreage would help address both current and future needs.”

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