By Rodney Hays

A new Prosper park is in the design stage and at last week’s council meeting, the Prosper Town Council heard an update on the future Cockrell Park.

Town of Prosper landscape architect Paul Naughton presented the item to council. He reviewed the latest plans that had been developed by an outside firm and approved by the Parks and Recreation Board.

The Council reviewed the plans and continued to ask questions regarding the positioning of the baseball backstops; the sodding and maintaining of the area underneath the ONCOR power lines; the addition of lighting; and the possibility of applying for matching grants for park development from other sources.

Several speakers approached council. One speaker was simply looking for an update on the plans. He was followed by four speakers who expressed reservations regarding the proposed lights and how the glow would have an impact on the residences in the vicinity. Council asked for clarification from staff regarding the issue. Members of staff told council that the plan presented was still in draft form and that other alternatives were still possible. The council asked staff to take the comments of the evening into consideration and bring back alternative layouts for the park.

The $81,351 for the design of the project was awarded at the May 28 Town Council

meeting and was funded from the Park Dedication Fee Fund.

In other business:

n Kenneth Dugger asked librarian Linda Shaw to speak about the Summer Reading Program. Shaw spoke about the program and encouraged everyone in attendance to participate by visiting the library and signing up.

Council voted to adjourn the meeting at 8:16 p.m. Members present included Mayor Pro Tem Meigs Miller, Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Kenneth Dugger, Council members Danny Wilson, Jason Dixon and Curry Vogelsang. Michael Korbuly was not present.