Deaver Park Renovations To Open Up Park, Rebuild Pond Overlook
By Lindsey Perkins Wade
Posted on August 30, 2016, August 30, 2016
Deaver Park

Deaver Park, a 15.2-acre neighborhood park, includes almost everything a family could want two playground sets, an irrigated soccer field, a basketball court, an informal ball field, picnic stations and a 10-foot wide trail.

But the 20-year-old park needs replacements for its dated playground equipment, and the pond overlook at the back of the park needs restoration work after it burned down several years ago and the pond is also in need of dredging due to a large amount of silt deposition that has occurred over the years.

The site, which sits east of the Sublett Road and Highway 287 intersection, will receive a major overhaul in the coming year, including new trails and playground equipment, rebuilding of the pond overlook, new park monument sign and pond dredging.

The biggest improvement will be the additional 1,660 linear feet of trail and two bridge crossings that will create a loop and bring the total walking path at the park to one-half mile.

'Right now you can only walk the trail to the overlook but there 's a lot more park behind that, ' said Eric Seebock, Park Project Manager and Landscape Architect. As the park stands now, about one-quarter of the site that includes magnificent post oak trees is inaccessible.

'Opening up the entire park will be beneficial, and the new playground equipment will be added value to all new families in the area, ' he said.

Two new playground structures will replace the existing ones, as current portions do not meet current Texas Accessibility Standard. In addition to being TAS compliant, the new equipment will include integral shade structures.

The park was developed in 1996 as part of a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Due to the grant 's conditions, the City must maintain the pond overlook in perpetuity.

Deaver Park

To discourage cattails, a perennial plant that can grow nearly 10 feet tall, and other aggressive plants from growing in the water, the City plans to dredge the pond so that the shallowest part is at least 4 feet to 5 feet deep. As silt flows downstream to the pond, it builds up and increases the likelihood of vegetation growth, which can block views of the pond entirely.

On June 28 Arlington City Council approved a design contract for the park 's renovations up to $100,200 with funding provided from the 2014 bond election. The City has hired Jacobs Engineering Group for the design work, which should start in September and take five months. After the design has been finalized, Seebock says the City will have a better timeline for the construction phase.

Deaver Park renovations align with the Arlington City Council priority to Champion Great Neighborhoods.

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