Brownwood’s Trigg Park may receive playground equipment

Staff Writer
Brownwood Bulletin
A rendering depicts the playground equipment that may be installed at Trigg Park in Brownwood.

Another City of Brownwood park may be receiving new playground equipment.

The Brownwood Municipal Development District (BMDD) board has approved — subject to city council ratification — spending $25,000 for playground equipment at Trigg Park, which is located near Northwest Elementary School.

BMDD Executive Director Ray Tipton said the board has a quote of just under $23,000 from Child’s Play Inc., and $2,000 was added for “incidentals.”

Last year the BMDD board budgeted $100,000 for new playground equipment at Riverside Park, and the BMDD wants to continue making park improvements, Tipton said.

“As an MDD we can do those types of projects now,” Tipton said. “We are trying to do improvements this year. We’re trying to not do it all in one park.”

The hope is to have the playground equipment installed at Trigg by Oct. 1, Tipton said.

In other BMDD matters:

• April and May unemployment numbers for Brown County have been about 10 percent, Tipton said.

“From our normal range that’s pretty high, but you have to take into consideration that anyone that was furloughed for a day or a week is included,” Tipton said. “And then people wh are self employed or contract labor can file for unemployment now, and they couldn’t before.”

The two categories with the highest unemployment were accommodations and food services, and arts, entertainment and recreation, Tipton said.

When COVID restrictions are eased, Tipton said he expects to see the unemployment numbers come down.

• Approved $30,322 in matching funds for a state grant to implement a robotics, electronics and drone technology program to be implemented in the Brownwood school district. The total grant of $282,420, which has been requested by Ranger College, is from the Texas Workforce Commission Jobs and Education for Texas Grant Program (JET), Tipton said.

“It’s going to be a mobile training center that will be hubbed at the Brownwood ISD,” Tipton said. “Being mobile, it can provide training to other schools and other industry/organizations,” Tipton said. “They’ll do drone certifications and some other certifications.”

The BMDD board’s approval of the matching funds is subject to city council ratification.

• Approved a $261,469 bid to Martin Earthworks, subject to council ratification, to demolish the old Ice House and Timmins Warehouse building on Baker and Lee streets.

Demolishing the structures is part of the city’s tentative plan for an event center. Although plans for an event center have not been approved, “we feel like we want to go ahead and move forward with the demolition. It’s something that needs to be done,” Tipton said.