The public is invited to the grand opening ceremony of Prosper’s Frontier Park North, a sports and play complex that virtually doubles the size of the park’s amenities. The day’s festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, and include comments from various officials including Mayor Ray Smith, members of the Prosper Parks and Recreation Board, and Town Manager Harlan Jefferson. Games, entertainment and refreshments are also planned.
The highly-anticipated addition features synthetic turf fields, the first of their kind in the parks system, significantly expanding available game and practice space for thousands of Prosper area youth. The project includes two youth baseball/softball fields along with two multi-purpose fields, striped for youth soccer, men’s lacrosse and football, as well as a warm-up lacrosse wall.
A unique playground inside the pedestrian plaza provides a fun and interesting play area with elements in the shapes of sporting equipment and musical instruments, all presented in a western theme. A covered pavilion with metal tables and benches is situated on the west side of the centrally-located pond, providing a place to hold picnics with easy access to the pond and its surrounding trail.
An attractive pedestrian bridge spans the pond, providing both a fishing perch and a link between the new complex and the park’s original one. A 10-foot hike and bike trail runs along the perimeter of the new addition and connects to the original trail, creating an expanded outer loop of approximately 1.2 miles. Water from the pond is used as an irrigation source for the new landscaping, in the same manner as the remaining parkland. “Frontier Park North is an exciting project because it expands Prosper’s capabilities to serve both the sports and recreation communities,” said Dudley Raymond, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “We couldn’t have done it without the support of the Town Council and the Parks and Recreation Board. Our thanks also go to the Town’s sports groups for all their help throughout the process.”
Partial funding for this project included $375,000 from the Collin County Project Funding Assistance Program and $500,000 from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Non-Urban Grant program.