The Major Capital Projects page helps keep residents informed about the status of Park Projects approved by Arlington voters. This page allows residents an inside view of construction with 360° virtual progress updates. 

Rendering of the Texas Rangers Golf Clubhouse

Texas Rangers Golf Club Clubhouse

Tentative Opening: January 2021

Arlington Golf and the Texas Rangers have partnered to build the world’s only Major League Baseball-branded golf course — the Texas Rangers Golf Club — which opened in February 2019. This collaborative branding partnership, along with $24 million in course renovations, affords the opportunity for Arlington to offer a destination golf course for both Arlington residents and visitors alike.

The course renovation, under the direction of famed course architect and Arlington native John Colligan, commenced in mid-December 2016.

A new 33,871-square-foot clubhouse, set to open in 2020, will feature a full-service restaurant and bar, covered patio overlooking the golf course, pro shop, locker rooms, and numerous rental and event spaces.

360° Virtual Progress Update

May 20

June 25

September 9

 


Rendering of the Beacon

The Beacon

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The 36,000 square foot facility is set to open in Summer 2020 and will include dynamic indoor and outdoor spaces including a gymnasium, fitness and weights area, aerobics and dance studio, classrooms, childcare, skatepark, adventure playground, outdoor aquatics feature and walking trail on the 12-acre site.

Funding for the project came from the 2014 bond program, which included a total of $60 million towards parks and recreation projects. 

360° Virtual Progress Updates

February 6

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April 9

June 3

July 8

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Rendering of East Library and Recreation Center

East Library and Recreation Center

Tentative Opening: November 2020

This collaborative project between the Parks and Recreation and Libraries departments is the first of its kind in The American Dream City. The co-facility, located at 2025 Craig Hanking Drive off New York Avenue, will replace the existing Hugh Smith Recreation Center and the East Branch Library.

The 47,249-square-foot facility is set to open in Fall 2020. Funding for the $26 million project was approved by Arlington voters in the 2014 Bond Election.

To create a single building with two distinct functions, architects were inspired by the architecture and automotive designs from the 1950s and today. The intertwining of curved and angular elements, joined by a shared lobby, creates a state-of-the art facility that honors Arlington’s history while providing a modern space for present and future generations.

The open concept library is expected to be a community hub for shared resources such as books, children’s toys and public computers for residents of East Arlington. The library will provide literacy tools to support students, families, and lifelong learners. Free programs include bilingual early literacy storytimes; GED, ESL and other adult education classes; and events for seniors. The recreation elements of the center include a gymnasium, indoor pool with party room, fitness center, locker rooms, group exercise room, community meeting rooms, and outdoor amenities.

The East Arlington Recreation Center and Library project aligns with the City Council priorities to Champion Great Neighborhoods and Support Youth and Families.

360° Virtual Progress Update

June 22

 

September 8

October 5

October 22

Residents are encouraged to visit the City’s bond tracker website for construction timelines and capital project updates for these as well as other City bond projects.

Active Adult Center

Design of Arlington's New Active Adult Center

Arlington voters approved general obligation bonds in the amount of $45 million in a special election on May 6, 2017, to build an Active Adult Center. Current plans call for the facility to be across the street from the West Police Station, and located on the southwest corner of the Pierce Burch Water Treatment site on Green Oaks Boulevard between W. Arkansas Lane and W. Pioneer Parkway.

Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about the Active Adult Center.

When will the center open?

The design phase of the facility will begin in 2019. The construction could begin in late 2021 which would result in a facility opening in 2023.

Why is the timeline so long?

In order to pay for large capital (construction) projects, cities sell bonds and use the money to pay for the projects. Bonds are sold to investors (bondholders) who are looking for a stable return in the future on the money they invest today. The City promises to repay the bondholders, with interest, over a specific time period (often 20 years). The bond repayment is funded through property taxes the City receives. Although Arlington citizens have voted for this bond, the City only has the capacity for a prescribed amount of bond sales each year based on debt capacity. Therefore, the actual funding for the center will not be available until previous bond projects have been completed and the corresponding bond debt has been paid off. The City Council determines which capital projects are tied to a particular bond sale and the order in which bond projects are completed.

Who can use the facility?

Facility membership will be for those 50 years of age or older. The general public may rent spaces within the facility after scheduled operating hours.

Will there be fees to use the facility?

Yes. Similar to other city operated recreation centers various fee options will be offered. These options will likely include an annual membership, monthly membership and a daily use fee. In addition, those 65 years age and older will likely pay a reduced rate for facility membership. Fees for rental of spaces within the facility will also be required.

What amenities will be included in the new center?

Amenities of the recreation center could include full-court gymnasium, aquatics component for both water exercise and leisure, locker rooms, fitness area, walking track, multi-purpose rooms for educational programs/events or sedentary activities, special events space, outdoor patio. All amenities and program offerings will be determined by available budget.

Will this bond program raise my taxes?

No. The City carefully analyzes the capacity it has to issue debt from year to year without increasing the tax rate. Factors that influence debt capacity include how much debt the City currently has, how much the City is paying back every year, changes in taxable value of property in the City and the amount of the overall tax rate that goes toward paying debt. By analyzing these factors, the City can design a program that will only issue debt that can be repaid without any tax rate increase.

How was the location selected and were the design elements developed?

The location was chosen through an inventory of available City-owned properties. The feasibility study, conducted by Barker, Rinker, Seacat Architecture, included three properties with the Pierce Burch site preferred based on its relative location in Arlington as compared to a similar senior recreation facility in Grand Prairie, the lack of current use of the site and its easy accessibility from the Green Oaks corridor. The specific design elements that have been suggested for the facility were developed through public feedback from an online survey and three public forums conducted in November and December of 2015.