In addition to a bustling business scene and a thriving housing market, Harker Heights is also home to a growing park system.

The city’s newest addition to the park system is the Goode-Connell Park, the city’s sixth park, located at 110 E. Beeline Road, officially opened to the public on Oct. 28.

The 14-acre park features a playground, trails, multiple climbing boulders, and practice areas for soccer and baseball.

“We still have a couple of acres to design, and in about a year will be polling the citizens who use the park and see what they’d like to see in it as the park matures,” said Jerry Bark, director of Parks and Recreation.

Only area dog park

Dozens of families utilize the city’s parks on any given day and even four-legged friends have a place to call their own at the Purser Park dog park, the only dog park in the area.

In the past decade, the city has been able to put about $80 million worth of infrastructure into the city through grants, and private and public partnerships.

Bark said the Goode-Connell Park is open and is well-used.

“We currently have four soccer goals at the site for pickup games and future team practice opportunities,” Bark said. “The trail, playground, climbing boulders are used daily –- after school lets out.” Renovations to the Summit Soccer Complex are complete and the facility will be in full use for the upcoming soccer season.

Bark said the renovations will allow the Athletic Division to situate the fields based on the number of participants within a certain age division, allowing for more flexibility in scheduling games and practices.

Concept plan

For the 2014 season, staff will continue to coordinate the concept plan for the future Comanche Gap Park. “Our staff is facilitating multiple meetings with stakeholders to ensure that the city’s historical amenity is preserved,” Bark said.

“The staff’s overall objective is for this property to tell its story and give the opportunity for park uses to identify what it was like during that time period.”

More upgrades and maintenance will continue throughout the year.

Renovations will be made to some trails as well as upgrades to park open areas, and improvements to the overall aesthetics of the city’s park system.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at or 254-501-7567.

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