By Rebecca Rose

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - Visitors to the planned Purser Family Park in Harker Heights will have more options for parking, thanks to a decision by the city council.

On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to award a $141,064 contract for the construction of an additional parking lot for the park to Gary W. Purser Construction, the same company awarded the original $1.1 million contract for the park's construction.

The project will involve construction of 89 parking spaces, in addition to the original plan for 83.

"As we experienced from the past, parking is always a big part of these things," Parks and Recreation Director Jerry Bark said.

The money for the contract will come in the form of a loan from the Armed Services YMCA, Bark said. ASYMCA plans to build a recreational facility on the site of Purser Park. The nonprofit asked the city to add the additional spaces for the park, which is anticipated to be a popular destination for area residents.

The park, which is scheduled to open in 2012, will feature a walking trail, playground, two 20-by-20-foot pavilions, an 18-hole disc golf course and two dog parks.

Purser Family Park will be at the corner of Nickleback Drive and Mountain Lion Road in Harker Heights.

At the meeting, the city council also:

Authorized the assistant city manager to sign a $6,757.04 contract to lease election equipment from Election Systems and Software for the May 2012 election.

Following a closed meeting, voted to reappoint Antonio L. Kosta, Jr. as municipal judge with a 3 percent raise.

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