HARKER HEIGHTS — The 20-acre plot of land on Comanche Gap Road is steeped in Bell County history and little has changed over the past 150 years, and city officials want to preserve it.

During a City Council workshop meeting Tuesday, designer Brent Luck of the Luck Design Team walked council members through a revised concept plan for the future Comanche Gap Park, which will be built in phases.

Luck, along with city staff, presented a plan to the council August 2013 where council members were in agreement that the plan was “too commercialized” and not aligned with their vision of keeping it historical and natural.

Councilman Spencer Smith said the site plan should tie history into nature and Comanche Gap should specifically highlight Harker Heights.

Luck and Jerry Bark, director of Parks and Recreation, presented the council with an updated plan Tuesday, which included simplifying the project as a whole, with a redesigned parking lot, a more scaled down and natural playscape, and overall capturing and highlighting the native grasslands and natural area.

No timeline for developing and opening the park to the public has been established yet, City Manager David Mitchell said.

Contact Vanessa Lynch at vlynch@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7567.

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