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UPDATE: The contractor at Heritage Square Park closed off Porter Street at Fourth and Fifth streets with the fencing at midday on Friday. It remains closed now at 2 p.m. instead of the expected 5 p.m. closure. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
After City Council gave the go-ahead at a meeting held Monday, January 29, for renovation of Heritage Square Park, contractor Baird-Williams has been swift to begin work. On Thursday, February 1, fencing was installed around the park perimeter, including on Porter Street at the Fourth Street and Fifth Street corners. As of 5 p.m. Friday, February 2, Porter Street will be closed off to through-traffic until September 30. Entrances to the City Hall parking lot off of Porter Street are therefore inaccessible.
The park renovation project is expected to be complete sometime this summer. The redesign will include a splashpad, amphitheater, shade structures, park benches, picnic facilities, native landscaping with drip irrigation, interpretive signage, solar lighting, trail improvements and fitness equipment. The items are required by the $250,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife grant, awarded to the City of Taylor for the project. A skatepark is also part of the grant requirements, now being built at the corner of Porter and Third streets. An area to stage regular farmers market events is included in the design.
Per City Council vote, the project is not to exceed a cost of $3,420,000, which will be funded by the TPW grant, Certificate of Obligation Bonds and City funds from the Tax Increment Financing (TIF), now known as Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ), which allows reinvestment into the downtown area.