Site preparation and infrastructure work is under way at Allcorn Park in south Brownwood, one of three locations where the City of Brownwood will have splash pads installed.
    City workers removed trees and leveled ground Wednesday, and continued working Thursday to install a new sewer line at the site.
    Water that is pumped into the pads will drain into sewer lines for transport to the sewer treatment plant, city officials said earlier.
    A construction team will be in town July 17.
    Brownwood City Council members in May approved an expenditure of up to $551,732 to a company called Vortex for the installation of the three splash pads at city parks. Vortex is a member of National Purchasing Partners, a procurement cooperative.
    In addition to Allcorn Park, at Fourth an Indian Creek, other locations are Mayes Park (off Austin Avenue, near East Elementary School) and Trigg Park (off Bluffview, near Northwest Elementary School.
    The funds will come from a 2016 Certificate of Obligation for $3 million that was designated for parks, streets and city facilities. It was anticipated then that construction would begin in late July, with a 10-to-14-day installation period at each pad.


Council members approved the expenditure to address what they said are quality-of-life issues in the city.
    The splash pads will have water flowing when visitors to the pads push buttons to operate the pumps, which will operate on a timer, city officials said earlier. When the pumps shut off, they can be reactivated until there is no one at the pads.
    The pads will be tied into existing water lines that are near each location, city officials said.