JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER
MARBLE FALLS — Thanks to a longtime Marble Falls business, the city is adding some new outdoor amenities — and they’re not just for kids.
During the Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Commission’s regular meeting April 3, Parks and Recreation Director Robert Moss announced an agreement between the city and J.M. Huber Corp. that could mean an adult soccer field and another nine holes on the disc golf course.
The city council approved the agreement March 30.
“We added a couple of parcels of land,” Moss said. “On Avenue L and Yett Street, that parcel of land, I have hopes of using that for soccer, primarily (for) adults. I already talked to the (local) adult soccer league, and they’re excited.”
The nine holes will be on five acres off of Avenue S, which is on the other side of Westside Park along the creek. Westside Park already has a nine-hole course.
By adding the nine, the city’s course will now be 18 holes, which could entice more disc golfers to come to the city and make the course eligible to host tournaments.
Moss said he has drawn out the look of the new nine holes but emphasized it is in the conceptual phase.
The parks and recreation department built “second tees” at several of the current nine holes to create a 15-hole scenario for golfers.
“We have two tee boxes,” Moss said of the six holes. “What players are doing now is they’re going through twice.”
As for the timetable on when the new nine holes will be complete, Moss said much still has to be decided. The city council will start the budget workshops in early summer for the next fiscal year, and Moss believes it will add the baskets, tee boxes, and other items for the course to the budget.
Volunteers are needed to begin clearing the area for the added holes.
“I need more manpower to do it,” Moss said. “If we could get the disc golf community to help with that, it’ll happen sooner rather than later. I am hoping that volunteers can help with marking and clearing the fairways. This can be done at any time.”
Creating an adult soccer field “serves a need for our adult athletic community. It gives them a home and a place,” Moss said.
The league has 20 teams that play about two times a week.
Moss said the agreement with Huber is because of Richard Lewis, the plant manager of the facility in Marble Falls and a former city councilman.
Also during the meeting, commissioners honored the crew of Mills Home and Commercial Services for trimming trees on the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas 71 as part of the Gateway to the Hill Country and Highland Lakes Beautification Project on Dec. 24 and Dec. 26. They spent 12 hours each day working the grassy intersection into landscaped habitat that allows for visitors traveling near the intersection to see the beauty of the area.
“They pruned and debrushed every tree,” Moss said.
Soc Gonzales of Citizens for Scenic Texas Highways said Bradlee Mills of Mills Home and Commercial Services asked him what can be done to help.
“I told him about the concept,” Gonzales said. “He said, ‘I’ll do it as a contribution.’ (Texas Department of Transportation) did attempt to do the work, but they do not have the crew, talent, or equipment. None of this is possible without Bradlee. None of this is done without them.”
Mills said when he was presented with the chance, he leapt at it.
“I care,” he said. “I need to give back. God has helped me with a great business. If I can give back, I will.”