The Harker Heights City Council on Tuesday authorized City Manager Steve Carpenter to negotiate a $13,000 contract with Luck Design Team to develop a master plan for Comanche Gap Historical Park.

In addition to master plan development, the proposed contract also includes fees for cultural resources archival review services, a cultural resources survey, data collection and site analysis and reimbursable expenses.

Funding for the design services is included in the 2012-13 budget, according to Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Bark.

Carpenter said the master plan is the second step in the 19-acre park project.

“Securing the land was first, but the second is getting a plan of action on how we’re going to develop it, and down the road, how we’re going to fund it in future years,” he said.

The city bought the land in May from the family of Bill Alford, who operated a historical amusement park there in the 1960s and 1970s.

Most recently, it has been home to the annual Medicine Man awards ceremony.

The site is recognized by the Texas Historical Commission as the place where Comanche Indians abandoned two girls they kidnapped in a raid on settlers in 1859.

The historical marker was stolen, but the city ordered a new one, Bark said.

“We’ll secure it until the master plan is complete and then we’ll find a new home on the piece of property for that marker.”

Luck Design Team, an Austin park planning and landscape architecture services firm, designed other projects for the city, including Harker Heights Community Park, Purser Family Park and the new Goode-Connell Park.

The company’s proposal did not include a timeline for designing the Comanche Gap park.

“That will be part of the negotiation,” Bark said.

Contact Kristi Johnson at or (254) 501-7548

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