What would be in the new Hogan Park in North East Midland?

Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the Hogan Park project ahead of John Norman’s meeting on the project Tuesday at the MLK Jr. Community Center. This article examines the changes the Quality of Place Conservancy would like to see happen. The second article in Tuesday’s edition will return to the discussion of the costs of renovation and then operation and maintenance of the park.

By now, Midland residents know that a discussion will take place on finances related to the upkeep and operation of Hogan Park in North East Midland.

But despite all the talk during recent City Council campaigns, there wasn’t much about the park – what it is now and what some hope it could be.

Hogan Park is a regional park that currently houses soccer fields, the Bill Williams Softball Complex, baseball diamonds, playground equipment, and two dog parks. In terms of age, it is a grandfather of the Midland regional park system. And there are days when it shows.

Hogan’s deterioration led a previous council to pledge $10 million in certificates of obligation (unapproved debt) to give Hogan some life. It was that $10 million, along with discussions by a Priority Midland Quality of Place volunteer committee, that led to the ultimate upgrade plan which, when completed, will cost more than the sports complex’s two stadiums. Scharbauer in the west. Midland.

“The City of Midland graciously allowed the QOP committee to review Hogan’s plans and suggest design changes and dream big and pivot the city’s planned initial $10 million overhaul into an epicenter of life. outdoor recreation for all Midlanders and visitors to our great city to enjoy and be paid for primarily with private dollars,” according to a Quality of Place Conservancy opinion piece that previously appeared in the Reporter-Telegram.

“In partnership with the city and the design firm, hired by the city, QOP added core design elements that include pavilions, food truck lanes, event lawns, innovative games, lands indoor basketball courts and walking paths as well as future elements that would be sequenced as additional funds are made available, such as sand volleyball courts, extended walking paths, additional playing lawns.

Today the focus is on trying to explain what the Midlanders can expect.

The following is a list of what the conservation calls “basic amenities”. They understand:

  • The Tall City playground and pavilion,
  • A paddling pool,
  • The main entrance gate and the promenade,
  • A food truck pavilion and an event lawn,
  • A large and a small dog park, and
  • Concessions and restrooms.

Sports/recreational opportunities will include:

  • 14 grass baseball/softball fields, including those that currently make up the Bill Williams Softball Complex,
  • Four grass baseball fields,
  • Eight hitting cases,
  • Indoor basketball court and concession pavilion, and
  • A network of indoor trails.

The Quality of Place Conservancy then lists “future developments sequenced as funding is secured.” These amenities include

  • five multipurpose fields (soccer, football, etc.) at the north end of the park,
  • A playground on the north side,
  • A grass lawn on the north side,
  • Shaded quadruple play area and benches,
  • Four batting cages,
  • Three sand volleyball courts, and
  • Loop trail and extension.

Note: Once both trail systems are completed, the total will total approximately 11 km.

Park odds and ends include:

  • The Great Lawn area in the southeast part of the park across from the Sibley Nature Center is about the same size as downtown Centennial Park.
  • The Hogan project covers approximately 120 acres. For comparison, Centennial Park in the heart of downtown is about 3.5 acres. The Scharbauer Sports Complex, when built in 2000-2002, was approximately 100 acres.
  • A few months ago, the Quality of Place group formed a working group to help reflect on processes and uses. This working group now includes individual residents, a member of city council, city staff and officials representing the football club, local football association, soccer, baseball club, local baseball and softball.
  • This park is a major construction project that will take time to complete, and the intention is to sequence construction according to funding for amenities and to build in such a way that construction minimizes impact on areas that are not currently being worked on so that parts of the park are usable while other areas are under construction.

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