Ballinger Park is a 55-acre passive park opened to the public in September of 2013 after the former golf course closed in late 2012.
New Park Planning
A plan for passive use of the new park was discussed at the Recreation and Parks Advisory Commission (RPAC) meeting in August 2013. A passive recreation area is generally an undeveloped space or environmentally sensitive area that provides minimal development. Passive recreation usually emphasizes the open space aspect of a park. It allows for the preservation of natural habitat and typically includes park features and amenities such as picnic areas, benches, trails and interpretative signage. A Master Plan for this park has was adopted in 2015 and can be found here: Ballinger Park Master Plan 2015 (PDF).
An executive summary can be found here: Ballinger Park Master Plan Executive Summary
The city is working on partnerships to seek funding sources to implement the Ballinger Master Plan.
Three pedestrian access gates were installed at the following locations: near the boat launch, east of the clubhouse, and along the park's western boundary. New interim park rules have been established. Signs are located at each pedestrian entrance, along with garbage cans and recycling containers. No other garbage receptacles will be placed in the park. Visitors are expected to dispose of any trash at the entry gates.
Wetland areas that are sensitive and other areas which possess native vegetation will be considered off-limits to park visitors to provide habitat areas for birds and wildlife.
Some of the rules for Ballinger Park include:
Open to use only during daylight hours
Do not disturb natural areas, nor feed or harass wildlife
No open fires/cooking/fireworks
No overnight camping
No unauthorized motorized vehicles
Pets must be leashed at all times and owners must pick up after their pets