EL PASO – The first phase of “The Beast” urban park, located in the city of El Paso, was recognized with the Best Project Award in the Sports/Entertainment category by Engineering News-Record for the Texas-Louisiana region.
Engineering News-Record’s Best Project Awards are considered one of the most prestigious and coveted awards in commercial construction, the winners are selected by juries of prominent and experienced industry professionals, and only 20 awards are given in various categories, including safety, buildings, infrastructure, and green projects.
“We are excited to receive this award because it affirms that our engineering team is delivering dynamic public spaces that represent the best of sports, parks and recreation in and outside of El Paso and of Texas,” said Yvette Hernandez, Capital Improvement Grant-Funded Programs Director.
The park is located at 13501 Jason Crandall Drive, on a 92-acre site on El Paso’s Upper East Side. Phase I of the project was completed in 2021, which expands over 10.6 acres and includes three major projects that deliver the city’s commitment to expand recreational, educational and cultural opportunities.
The park’s first phase includes a swimming area with a 50-meter competition-ready pool, a diving well with one- and three-meter diving boards, spectator seating, a warm-up and cool-down pool, an office, an entertainment room and lockers.
In addition, a multigenerational community center with gymnasium, spectator seating, multipurpose classrooms, kitchen, dining room, reading room, computer center, indoor track and field, and fitness area.
There is also an outdoor water park with a family pool, toddler pool, water slides, climbing walls, surfing area with artificial waves, lazy river, food stands and changing rooms.
Additional amenities include parking, an entry plaza, walking path, landscaping and public art. Phase II is currently in the design stage and consists of flat fields among other amenities for the urban park.
Once all three phases are completed, “The Beast” is intended to be the largest park in El Paso and a major regional attraction.
Source: MEXICO-NOW Staff