The Town of Prosper hosted a groundbreaking event for the expansion of Frontier Park on Feb. 10. The expansion includes three baseball and softball fields, two multipurpose fields and additional parking.

Town Manager Harlan Jefferson said the expansion will be an asset to the community and to Prosper presidents.

“The Town of Prosper is a very young community, and we’re fortunate to have a lot of children in our community, and diversifying our parks system will be a great benefit to our residents,” Jefferson said. “Having the artificial turf with the highest level of safety possible will really be a magnet to the facilities in town. It will be a new beginning for us.”

Prosper Parks and Recreation Board Chair Barbara Cottone thanked the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for their $500,000 contribution and the Collin County Parks and Open Space Funding Assistance Program for their $375,000 contribution.

“Parks and Recreation is the heart of a community and this is where memories are made and friendships are made,” Cottone said. “ … Build it and they will come.”

Around 45 attendees showed up to the 80-acre park for the event Friday morning. Mayor Ray Smith also thanked Collin County Judge Keith Self and Collin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher for their financial contributions to the project.

“We always love checks with our name on it made out to us, so thank you for your part in this,” Smith said. “This is more of a thank you. There’s a lot of effort, man hours, woman hours that have gone into this park. I think (the fields are) going to be top notch.”

The fields will be used by the Prosper Youth Sports Commission teams, including Prosper Little League and Prosper Area Soccer Organization. The commission is comprised of recreational youth sports associations, which are volunteer service organizations that manage youth athletic leagues, according to the town website.

Town staff said they are hoping that the fields at Frontier Park will be open for fall sports of 2017, but that date may change based on construction, Prosper Landscape Architect Paul Naughton said.