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Bangs builds ball fields with kids and conservation in mind

By Betty Nguyen, bnguyen@ktxs.com
Published On: Jul 19 2013 07:26:51 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 19 2013 07:27:11 PM CDT
BANGS, Texas -

The City of Bangs is spending $1.5 million to build a bigger and better environment for kids.

The plan begins with tearing down a baseball field that has been around for more than 30 years, which has already been put into action. Two baseball fields, a softball field, a basketball court, and a swimming pool are among some of the amenities that will replace the old field. 

Bangs City Manager Leo Smith said this project was created because the city wanted to do something for the kids.

"This gives them the ability to do something rather than sit in the house and play Nintendo," Smith said. 

What is unique about this prospective park is it will use treated waste water to irrigate the fields. 

"We have a line already laid from the waste water treatment plant to the edge of the field. We're going to build a one-million gallon-holding pond that we can pump water into and as we get ready to use it, the pump station will irrigate the fields," Smith said. 

A system is being designed to allow fertilization and irrigation to happen at the same time, with a flip of a switch.

Smith said he could not be happier that this project, which has been planned for two years, is moving forward.

"I feel like this is going to be a catalyst to make Bangs grow. People have to want to be here, and they do right now, but we want to make them want to be here even more. Make them stay."

Smith said the community has been supportive of the project, even though they were the ones paying for it with their increased taxes. Smith said Councilman Richard Perez has put in a lot of effort as well.

The goal is to have the project completed by Spring 2014. Smith said there is a possibility Bangs' Mayfest will be held at the future park since the annual event gets bigger every year.