Pocket park approved

By Aubrey Turner
For the Prosper Press
The park newly approved by the Prosper Town Council honors the late Bill Hays who founded the Prosper Historical Society and wrote two books covering the history of Prosper.

Site to honor C.G. Hayes

Prosper Town Council approved a new park, to be constructed at 9008 Prestonview Street. The park will be named Hays Park, and is in close proximity to Hays Road.  The park will have a playground area, picnic tables, pavilion, as well as a wildflower area, irrigated open spaces, and a walkway.  Construction on the park will begin soon and is scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer.  

The new park is considered a “pocket park,” meaning that it is located inside a neighborhood and is mostly accessible by foot.  The homes surrounding the park are built on large lots of land, which was common when the population of Prosper was much lower.  At the time the founding neighborhoods were built, families built houses on these plots of land and passed down the homes for generations.  

The park is named after Chester G. Hays.  The Hays family was one of the landowners of Prosper.  The land for the park was dedicated to the Town of Prosper in 1981.

The park honors the late Bill Hays who founded the Prosper Historical Society and wrote two books covering the history of Prosper.  

The park will be constructed by Ratliff Hardscape, Ltd. for $375,000.  The contract is funded by the park improvement fee fund.  The park improvement fee fund is an accumulation of construction and permit fees paid to the Town of Prosper and is used for the sole purpose of park construction and improvements.