Historic Spring to Resurface

Construction on Big Springs' namesake is underway after set backs

BIG SPRING, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - Big Springs' $1.8-million historic spring renovation project in Comanche Trail Park is moving forward with construction on the area surrounding the natural spring which the city is named after.

What started as an idea in 2014 to promote tourism in the City is now being funded by the City's local hotel/motel tax through the Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"That spring was vital not only to Big Spring but this entire area of West Texas." said the City's Community Services Director Debbie Wegman. "It is about our historic namesake, that's what makes it, I think so important, it is about the big spring."

The project had originally been scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, but after set backs with Onyx Contractors, LLC of Midland,  the projects original construction manager, construction in now progressing.

The Big Spring CVB contracted with Kelly Cook and KDC Associates back in 2014 to undertake what they're calling a 'major renovation project.'

"That particular site has had mammoth and mastodon bones discovered near it as well as numerous artifacts from  Native American culture as well as European culture, we had to have an archeological service come out on site prior to any disturbance out there." said Cook.

The project has two phases, t he first phase will include the following:

 ·     Plaza seating for 1,000+ with full electrical hookups and performance stage.

·     Widened trail with security lighting and emergency vehicle access

·     8 story-boards with accompanying educational signage covering the history of the area.

·     16 low-maintenance planting areas with 16 specimen trees

·     Observation decks overlooking the spring and artificial outflows.

·     Significant thinning of vegetation for visibility, appeal and safety.

·     New artificial outflow into area above current spring location creating waterfall at spring.

·     Security Cameras

·     Full handicap accessibility.

·     Construction materials featuring native stone and CCC-style architecture.

·     Partial demolition of dam to allow spring to reach natural levels.

·     Expanded parking.

The current construction fencing will prohibit anyone from entering the area until construction is complete.

The walking trail that runs behind Dora Roberts Community Center to Belaski Pavilion will also be closed during construction.

This first phase is expected to be completed by summer 2017 and the City plans to have phase two of the project which includes a pavilion to be rented out for community events to be completed within the next two years.

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