SAN ANGELO, Texas - Plans for a new stormwater detention pond in Southwest San Angelo have been given the green light by the City Council.
During the council's meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 5, an agreement was approved with the Duncan Group Southland LLC development group for the construction of the detention pond.
The chosen site spans nearly 26 acres, located northeast of the intersection of Valleyview Boulevard and College Hill Boulevard, near the expansive "Southland area."
The purpose of the detention pond is to manage stormwater runoff from large drainage areas, with the ultimate goal of maximizing property development for residences.
Parks and Recreation Director Carl White explained that the development concept originated from discussions initiated a year ago with Public Works Director Shane Kelton.
White emphasized the city's current financial constraints, stating that while the detention pond can be constructed, there isn't sufficient funding for the entire park development, estimated at $3.5 million.
However, he highlighted the potential for $1 million in grant funding and proposed a collaboration with the developer.
The proposed park concept aligns with the city's 2020 master plan, featuring walking trails, playgrounds, practice fields, a splash pad, basketball courts, and pickleball courts. White sought approval to work with the developer, with the city handling site clearing while the developer focused on the detention area.
Council Member Tommy Hiebert, District 1, expressed support for the project, citing its long-term benefits for stormwater management, particularly on College Hill Boulevard. He noted the urgency to address stormwater drainage issues throughout the city.
“This is going to be beneficial for the city in the long term because of what this is going to help us with our stormwater,” he said. “Yes. it’s going to help with an amenity at some point in the future, but stormwater is a problem on College Hill Boulevard. This is going to help as much as anything the city with its stormwater problem in that area. Because of the stormwater drainage issues we have all over town, we need to take advantage of the opportunity that’s presented to us right now.”