Texoma Health Foundation Park
Texoma Health Foundation Park
A new Health and Wellness Park will be build in the City of Denison's Gateway Village development west of the U.S. 75/Spur 503 interchange as a result of a unique public-private partnership. The collaboration leverages an $8 million grant through the Texoma Health Foundation, a more than $3 million commitment by the City of Denison and $2 million in infrastructure improvements by Covenant Development, LLC, as well as the donation of approximately 65 acres of land, valued at $1,000,000, by the Johnson family, whom also own Covenant Development.
“This will be a world-class, one-of-a-kind health and wellness park for our region. The park will be open for various recreational activities and includes jogging and biking trails, sports complexes and special programs for all ages. I applaud the effort to provide opportunities to have a safe place for recreation and to enrich the health of our residents here in Texoma”, said Representative Larry Phillips.
Texoma Health Foundation Park will feature space for residents to enjoy outdoor physical activity, as well as sports and games in order to promote the overall health and wellness of the community. Softball/baseball fields, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, a splash pad, pavilions, multi-use trails, and open space for outdoor physical activity are among the planned amenities. Over two miles of trails within the park will connect to an additional 10 miles of trails planned within the Gateway Village development along with future regional trail connections to other parts of the city. The City of Denison plans to issue bonds for the construction of the project in the first quarter of 2016 with construction anticipated to begin later in the year.
“Texoma Health Foundation Park provides a tremendous opportunity to bring together all aspects of outdoor health and wellness for people of all ages”, said City of Denison Mayor, Jared Johnson. “This is an exceptional regional amenity that will impact the community for generations to come.”
"We are excited Denison chose Gateway Village as the home for the Texoma Health Foundation Park. This sports complex will serve as one of the main “play” components to Gateway Village’s five pillars: “Live, Work, Play, Dine, and Shop”. The park is strategically located at the center of Gateway Village, which will provide easy access to and from walking trails and park amenities for residents living in Gateway Village, as well as visitors to the park. This endeavor demonstrates the true essence of public private partnerships. The creation of Gateway Village is a major initiative for our family and this park fits perfectly into our vision of creating a lasting legacy of health and wellness”, said Tom Johnson, CEO of Covenant Development.
“The park is a major investment designed to bring health and joy to our communities, and is an undertaking in which we are incredibly excited. We are a Foundation that has historically and solely focused on taking care of those who are ill across our service area. We are now adding a new, and very important layer – and in a big way”, said Brett Graham, incoming THF Board Chairman. "This is an unprecedented collaboration and investment that will have a significant impact throughout our entire community. The project was designed to meet the needs of this area and we are privileged to play a role. The Foundation’s goal for this project is to create an environment where people can focus on wellness. We believe this is a once in a lifetime chance to make a difference in the lives of our community members for generations to come”.
“Evidence is mounting that public parks and active living build healthier communities”, said Michelle Lemming, CEO of the Texoma Health Foundation. “The Park is designed to touch residents of all ages, all incomes and all races across the region. Growing research supports that active, healthy living plays an important role in the prevention of obesity and chronic disease, that it is tied to a decrease in violence and is proactive in mental health. THF recognizes the importance of this regionally and has undergone strategic planning over the past five years, ultimately leading to this decision. We thank our many partners who have helped us along this journey. Austin College, TCOG and the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute are a few of many who played an important role in us identifying needs, and laying our groundwork. We also could not do the work we do without our donors”.
Lemming said that the THF Wellness Park will be open to all and support health and wellness programs with a goal of creating community-wide systemic change.
“Our vision is that by proactively investing in collaborative work, together we can create a healthy and vibrant Texoma”, said Graham.