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Posted on: August 18, 2021

Garland Purchases Land to Help Meet Community Parks Needs

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The Garland Foundation for Development has approved the purchase of 2.18 acres of land near Ridgecrest and Lakemere drives to create public park space to serve and connect the nearby neighborhoods.

The park will also include a portion of what had been the Williams family farm and was recently approved for 75 new single-family homes. As part of the development agreement, 3 acres have been given to the City to create a public park. The City’s purchase will add to the committed open space and eventually create a neighborhood park exceeding 5 acres. The Garland Parks Master Plan study revealed that the Ridgecrest/Williams/English Estates area of Garland is the least served by the City’s system of parks and green space.

District 5 Council Member Rich Aubin, who represents these neighborhoods on City Council, said, “This land purchase will enable us to provide a fresh recreational opportunity in what is otherwise a park desert. This property is stunningly beautiful and an absolute oasis that you would not expect to find tucked away here. We should all be grateful to the families that have worked in unison to share the beauty of their land with you as a lasting legacy and gift to the community.”

When the City is ready to begin the design process for this new park, residents of the nearby neighborhoods will be invited to share their thoughts and insights.

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