Brownwood City Council members approved a contract for color surfacing of three splash pads that will be installed later this summer at city parks, and agreed to hire a fencer for permitted fencing and at one of the parks.
    The city will pay Innovate Surfaces of Texas $31,341 for color surfacing of the pads, which will be installed at Allcorn, Mayes and Trigg parks. The company submitted the low of two bids the city received.
    The city agreed to pay Heart of Texas Fence $7,000 for permitted fencing and a backstop at Mayes Park.
    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.
    A construction team from Vortex will be in town July 17, council members were told.
    City engineer David Lundy told council members construction will begin first on the splash pad at Trigg, followed by Mayes and Allcorn parks. The pads at Trigg and Allcorn will be completed in early August, and the Allcorn park will be completed in September, Lundy told council members.
    In other business Tuesday, council members ratified earlier action by the Brownwood Municipal Development District in approving a Building Improvement Incentive Grant of up to $20,000 to Academy Lanes.
    Lee Baird, owner of Academy Lanes, applied for the grant, which will pay for renovations to “update and outdated bowling alley and will increase entertainment options for Brownwood citizens,” council members were told.
    Renovations include the replacement of signage, painting of interior and exterior, replacement of damaged ceiling tiles, new wall treatment to replace curtains on a side wall, new masking units and screens, lighting plumbing, permanent shelving units and buildout of a retail sales unit.