Commissioner hopes to find funding for park in his precinct, others throughout EP County

Park in Tornillo, Texas.

A handful of the 13 El Paso County parks are in need of serious repair.

The county park in Tornillo has been left unattended for 10 years, according to El Paso County Commissioner Vince Perez.

He said there were plans for the county and the TonilloTornillo school district to build the park and have hiking and biking trails leading to it.

“They tried to put in amenities for the public such as playground sets, walking trails and swing sets. Things of that nature,” Perez said.

But, an agreement on how and who would maintain the park fell apart.

The playground equipment now sits in an empty dirt lot littered with beer bottles and boxes.

Some people in Tornillo say their community has been missing what this park could have been.

"I would like a park like where there's a good area for my kids to play. Not just sand,” Olga Flores said.

"Just put grass because it is just dirt,” Erica Mosqueda said.

"I just think more stuff for the kids to bring the community out and want to enjoy what they do for us,” said Karen Garcia.

Perez hopes to work on partnerships with different entities to help restore parks across the county. Otherwise, it could get costly.

“If we do the park alone, the number could exceed well over a million dollars or two million dollars,” Perez said.

Perez said he hopes to find funding in the upcoming county budget and complete the park within the next two years.

"We're going to have to get creative on how it is that we fund these things. It is going to be a challenge,” Perez said.

Perez hopes to use county funds to bring more quality of life improvement to areas that need them.

“But, I think it's just a very unsustainable model if we only fund jail cells and expansions of jails and we don't fund parks," he said. "That's really no way to build a community."

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