Members of the El Paso City Council are expected to review a proposal that could provide the city with enough land to build just over two dozen new sports fields.
Those fields have long been planned as part of the successful 2012 passage of the city’s landmark Quality of Life bond initiative.
That election provided up to $5 million for the creation of the new fields in the central part of the city.
But late last year, the El Paso City Council held off giving its approval to a plan for building the new fields when it was learned that not all of the land to be used for the project was strictly within the boundaries of central El Paso.
Now, the El Paso Independent School District has indicated that it may be interested in leasing land at 5508 Delta Drive and 4400 Elm Street to build several of the new fields.
Those sites are the homes of the Clardy Elementary School and the Bassett Middle School.
Both El Paso city officials and EPISD officials still have to work out whether some structures on these two sites will be demolished to make way for the fields.
The Scattered Flat Fields Project Priority Plan, noting that central El Paso is the home to more than 18,000 children under the age of 18, has suggested that area residents would be well served by a combination of both flat field space as well as futsal courts.
by Garry Boulard
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