Despite less-than-cooperative weather, the parks improvement project is off to a good beginning, city officials said Tuesday.

Brownwood City Manager Bobby Rountree updated council members on the project at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Plans are for the city to have the concrete from roads, building foundations and other structures on the 66-acre site of the new sports complex off Milam Road broken up by Jan. 8. That’s the date National Guard soldiers from Camp Bowie are scheduled to begin clearing the property of mesquite and trees, Rountree told the council.

Plans are to award a bid for the construction of the complex on Feb. 9, Rountree said.

Also, plans are to install a new roof on the Coliseum Annex, which will be the new home of the Senior Center. The city has been approved for a $50,000 grant, and it is hoped the grant will be awarded in time to be used for the roof, Rountree said.

Interior renovations at the annex are well under way.

Work is also under way at the site of the aquatic center. The site has been excavated.

Plans are for the Senior Center to open at its new Coliseum Annex home at the end of March, and officials hope the aquatic center will be finished by mid-May. The sports complex isn’t expected to be ready until the spring of 2011.