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College Park earns H-GAC recognition for innovation

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

A Deer Park parkland has was recognized for its innovative design. College Park, located on College Park Drive earned special recognition for projects under $500,000 from the Houston-Galveston Area Council. The award commended the integration of an remote controlled rock crawler course in the existing park.

The Houston Galveston Area Council recently announced Deer Park’s College Park earned special recognition for its rock crawler course feature.

College Park was one of 12 parks-related projects across the region to earn any kind of recognition. According to H-GAC, the projects serve as models for planning and project implementation for parks and natural areas in the region. Projects were honored in four categories: Policy Tools, Planning Process, On-the-Ground Projects Over $500,000, and On-the-Ground Projects Under $500,000.

The rock crawler course earned its recognition in the Projects Under $500,000 category.

Deer Park Parks and Recreation Director Scott Swigert said the project was an effort started by citizen input.

“It’s a unique project to begin with. We had some citizens come to us and discus an radio control feature for our parks. We worked with a group to come with a design and work together,” said Swigert. “We worked with a group to come up with a design. This wasn’t just staff. It was also the commission and community members who worked together to create a unique park for Deer Park and the area.”

Swigert said the rock crawler course offers obstacles for both the novice and skilled RC lovers.

“It has a good mix of low, middle and high levels, so there’s something to keep RC enthusiasts challenged,” he said.

Like other parks and amenities, the RC crawler course provides opportunities for families and individuals all over the community.

“It’s great to see people coming into our parks, using the amenities and socializing on the grounds. We have great parks and they show what can be done when council, the commission, staff and neighbors get together,” said Swigert. “You get great parks that meet the needs of our community and earn recognition for their innovation and partnerships.”

Swigert said this is the second award for the RC crawler course, the first being an innovation award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society.