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Workshops to Plan North Beach Eco Park in Corpus Christi

The area in the blue outline indicates where a new North Beach Eco Park could be established in the future. Plans for what the park would entail are being formed with community input.

The Corpus Christi community is invited to a two-meeting workshop to help plan a North Beach Eco Park on Thursday-Friday, November 21-22, at the Texas State Aquarium. Thursday’s meeting will be from 3-6 p.m., while the Friday meeting is 6-8 p.m. Both will be held in the Flint Hills Resource Center STEM at the aquarium, 2701 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Hosted by the city’s Planning and Environmental Service Department, the workshops are held in partnership with the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. The city received a technical assistance grant from NPS to help set up the process for developing a site design that would incorporate community needs and wishes.

Although no money is on the table for the park at this time, having a solid, community-backed plan could help generate funding, senior planner Keren Costanzo said.

“With a consensus on the city plan, our community will be more competitive for any grant opportunities that come up,” she told Corpus Christi Business News. “This is part of an implementation strategy.”

The North Beach community has talked about establishing an eco park on city-owned land that incorporates Dolphin Park as well as other contiguous property.

“Some of it is wetlands and some of it is future wetlands,” Costanzo said. “Much of it has potential for wetlands habitat.”

Public input generated from a meeting held in May will inform presentations that will be made on Thursday.

“Thursday is a hands-on open house,” Costanzo said. “We will be gathering more information from the community about what they want to see on that site.”

Volunteer landscape architects at the meeting will take the information and develop one or two site plans that then will be presented at Friday’s meeting.

“We are inviting the community to come and give us feedback on those plans,” Costanzo continued. “Ultimately, we want to come up with one design where we have a broad consensus for the park.”

The next phase will be to identify costs and seek funding.

“After all that is done, implementation can begin,” she said.

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