Bryan Super Park Could Generate Super Cash

By: David Norris Email
By: David Norris Email

BRYAN, Texas - The proposed super park in Bryan has potential to generate major cash for the city, but not everyone is happy about one of its potential locations.

Bryan city council was presented with three possible designs for the park on Tuesday. Each option comes with sports fields.

Shannon Overby with the Bryan, College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau said those fields could not only be put to use by local sports teams, but could also draw in tournaments from around the Nation. Overby said each visitor would spend about $130 per day while they're in town.

"The money that they spend in our retail and restaurant establishments are increasing sales tax, which goes to the general funds of the city," said Overby. "Which then, us as residents are certainly able to benefit from that money."

Hugh Seale with the Bryan Golfer's Association said he's not opposed to a super park, but he'd rather not see it built at the Bryan Municipal Golf Course. He said Lake Bryan might be a better location.

"That's an acreage that we need to explore," said Seale. "We don't need it on our golf course."

Michael Parks, president of Bryan United Little League said there are about 900 kids in the three little leagues in Bryan. He said they're thankful for the four parks the city has made available, but they've become old and run down over the years. He said the super park is exactly what kids in the area need.

"Now that the city is considering looking at its facilities, updating them and modernizing them, we want to engage in that conversation," said Parks.

The city hired a consultant to help narrow down a location for the park. No word on how long that could take.

The designs council looked at on Tuesday are preliminary. Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski said the city wants feedback from the public before final designs are made.

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