Park Project Update

Each year the Parks Division dedicates time and resources to enhancing the DeSoto parks system. Through the City’s annual budget process, funds are allocated to develop and enhance City parks and recreation facilities. Projects are implemented as recommended in the Parks, Recreation, Open Space and Community Facilities Master Plan and placed on the City’s Capital Improvements Program within the identified funding year.

McCowan Aquatic and Recreation Center Project (MARC Project) - In Progress

As part of executing the master plan, DeSoto commissioned the construction of an 80,000-square-foot aquatic and recreation center. The project features a full-scale indoor competition pool, equipped with observation decks on the second level. Suspended above the first level is a roughly 400-foot fitness track for cardio workouts. The facility further boasts a fully equipped fitness area, as well as training studios for group activities. Nestled among soccer, baseball, and football fields, the McCowan Aquatic & Recreation Center offers city residents a fully functional gym and fitness experience. This new facility will offer health and fitness support to young families and provide a physical and social venue for active seniors through year-round senior activities.

MARC Project Updates

Briarwood Park - Dredging of the Pond - In Progress

1625 W. Beltline Road

Briarwood Park will have limited access due to the dredging of the pond. The Little Free Library, trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and the pavilion will be available. Visit our website for Park Project updates. The estimated completion date for this project is Winter 2023.

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BMX Track at Grimes Parks - Restroom and Concession Addition - In Progress

500 E. Centre Park Blvd.

Participants who frequent the BMX facility are currently using portable concessions and restrooms. Adding a permanent concession and restroom facility will enhance the opportunity to continue to attract national and international events. The design portion of this project is in progress. Construction is expected to conclude in 2025.