Holliday city officials break ground for new park

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Holliday city officials break ground for a much-needed addition to the city.

A project four years in the making and now Holliday city officials are finally happy to announce that there will indeed be a new city park.

 “It’s been a long time coming,” former City Secretary Marie Balthrop said. “We were awarded this grant in 2016 and I think people are just sitting back like yeah really this isn’t gonna happen, but it is gonna happen.”

A 50 percent match grant was awarded by the Texas Parks and Wildlife to make this happen.

The rest of the money has been raised and donated by local residents.

Now a park that can accommodate both kids and adults will soon be underway.

“The city will pay 50 percent and the grant will pay 50 percent,” Balthrop said.

“Holliday hasn’t really had a big park. We have a small park for small children and stuff like that but there’s gonna be a lot of things they can do out here,” Holliday Mayor Allen Moore said.

A lot of things indeed. Just to name a few, picnic pavilions, a soccer field, basketball courts, tennis courts, fitness stations and much more.

“There’s gonna be a one-mile walking path around, it’s 6 foot wide. It’s gonna have some exercise stations,” City Secretary Jerri Ayers said. “We felt we needed someplace where our citizens can come to walk safely.” 

City officials are hoping to start construction at the beginning of the new year.

Since the funding is a 50-50 match, city officials are still requesting donations to reach their goal of almost $400,000.

If you would like to donate, contact the city of Holliday at (940) 586-1313.

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