SLIDESHOW: Plans for Centennial Park in downtown Midland announced

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Published: Aug. 22, 2018 at 1:53 PM CDT
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Plans for the Centennial Park in downtown Midland have finally been announced.

According to a release from the City of Midland, Concho Resources, the Downtown Midland Management District and the Scharbauer Foundation, a public-private partnership will work to transform and expand the park.

Changes coming to the park include:

-A large green space

-A performance stage and pavilion with a media screen

-A splash pad water feature

-A children's nature play area

-A dog park


-Tree-lined promenades along Wall Street and Texas Avenue

The release states that the park, once expanded, will encompass the old Midland County courthouse site and the area next to the new Midland Center.

Construction is set to begin in November 2018 and be completed by April 2020. The construction is estimated to cost $15 million.

The Scharbauer Foundation is pledging $8 million towards the construction of the park while Concho Resources and the City of Midland are each pledging $2 million. The remaining amount of funding will be paid by a capital campaign led by Concho Resources Chairman and CEO Tim Leach.

"Concho is committed to investing in and improvising the communities in which we live and work; we are excited to be involved in revitalizing Centennial Park. We have a bright future in Midland, and we look forward to continuing to support our community," said Leach in the release.

A new local non-profit organization, the Midland Downtown Park Conservancy, will be in charge of constructing, promoting, scheduling and managing the park.

City Council will have to officially approve the next step for the park at its meeting on August 28.