The park El Pasoans and visitors go to along Scenic Drive could get renovated
The City of El Paso will begin negotiating an agreement with the El Paso Community Foundation to help fund improvements to Murchison Park, a community staple regarded as a go-to attraction for both visitors and residents.
City Council authorized staff on Tuesday to pursue a memorandum of understanding with the foundation to be able to accept donations to use toward rejuvenating the more than 50-year-old park located at the top of Scenic Drive.
“We are excited to have Council’s support to explore this public-private partnership that could breathe new life into one of our community’s most cherished parks,” said Sam Rodriguez, City of El Paso Capital Improvement Department Director.
Potential park improvements may include; ADA-accessible paths, shade trees, parking improvements, cantilever lookouts. City officials estimate the cost to rejuvenate the park could exceed $5 million.
The negotiations will allow City staff to draft a proposed agreement to present to Council for a formal vote.