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Community Development Corporation

Members include T.J. Haight, Doug Burgess, Scott Soleto, Georgette Ford, Sue Mauk, Jeff Lawther and Brad Wells.

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During their August 17 meeting, the Board elected officers, reviewed and passed their bylaws and discussed meeting dates and times for the next year. Georgette Ford (front left) was named Vice President, Sue Mauk (front right) was named Secretary, Jeff Lawther (back left) was named Treasurer and T.J. Haight (back right) accepted the position of President. 

On February 26, 2015 the Deer Park City Council adopted Ordinance No. 3706 calling a special election on May 9, 2015 to submit a proposition on the question of the adoption of a Type B economic development sales and use tax for public park purposes and events at the rate of one-half of one per-cent.

On May 9, 2015, the voters of the City of Deer Park voted and approved the Type B economic development sales and use tax.

On June 17, 2015, the City Council passed a resolution creating the Deer Park Community Development Corporation (a Type B Corporation), and the group held its first meeting – a joint workshop with the Council – on July 30.

As approved by the voters, the tax to be collected would support the following projects:

a. $1,500,000 for the replacement of the restroom facilities in Dow Park with a new pavilion structure that includes a stage, restrooms, and a concession stand;

b. $6,000,000 for the renovation and expansion of the Community Center and Gym to include an indoor pool;

c. $2,000,000 for the expansion of the existing Maxwell Center and parking lot;

d. $3,000,000 for the renovation of baseball fields including but not limited to the Spencerview Sports Complex (Durant Fields);

e. $3,000,000 for the renovation of the girls softball facilities at the Youth Sports Complex;

f. $4,000,000 for the development of soccer fields; and

g. $500,000 for the development of hike and bike trails.

UPDATE: February 2016

The City of Deer Park has approved a Master Service Agreement and initial set of task orders for the first set of Type B sales tax-funded parks projects.

This week, both the Deer Park Community Development Corporation (DPCDC) and City Council approved an agreement for architectural services with Houston firm Halff Associates.

With the agreement in place, the firm will work with the Parks and Recreation Department to move forward on an initial set of goals which will begin to address the set of seven projects approved by the voters as part of a May 2015 special election.

“The Type B projects approved last May will be completed in several phases – during the first phase, we will address five goals,” said Scott Swigert, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “First, we will complete renovation of the Spencerview sports complex, address replacement of the restroom facilities in Dow Park with a new pavilion structure which will include restrooms, concessions and a stage, and complete programming for both the Community Center and the Maxwell Center.

“As well, we will conduct a feasibility study for a potential site – which is currently City-owned - for a future soccer complex.”


Update: May 2016

During the April 25 meeting of the Deer Park Community Development Corporation, the board took action on both the Spencerview Athletic Complex and a future soccer complex to be located at the intersection of East Street and Thirteenth Street.

First, the board recommended a Soccer Feasibility Study as well as a task order for architectural services - to include design and construction - for the soccer complex.

Second, DPCDC recommended a Baseball Concept and job order contract with T.F. Harper for renovation and expansion of the Spencerview Athletic Complex.

After receiving the recommendations from DPCDC, the City Council approved all items during their regular meeting on May 3.

Soccer complex images

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Spencerview Athletic Complex images

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UPDATE: August 2016

During their regular meeting August 2, City Council approved two task orders related to Deer Park Community Development Corporation (Type B) projects.
The task orders - each with Halff Associates, Inc. - authorized architectural services for the Maxwell Center renovation and expansion and parking lot expansion project and for renovations of the girls' softball facilities at the Youth Sports Complex.
As well, Council accepted programming for the Maxwell Center renovation and expansion and a Dow Park Pavilion concept, also conducted by Halff Associates.
Prior to Council's approval, all items were reviewed and approved by the DPCDC during their most recent meeting on July 25. The Parks and Recreation Commission also reviewed the recommendations during their August 1 meeting.
To view the approved conceptual design of the Dow Park Pavilion, click on the link below and see pages 1-12. To view the Maxwell Center programming concept, click on the link below and see pages 13-16.

To view the DPCDC budget for fiscal year 2016-17, approved by City Council on August 16 after board approval on July 25, 2016, click here.

This page will be updated periodically to provide current information on the activities associated with these goals, including projected timelines, construction photos and more.