From the desk of Mae Nowak, Realtor®
On the corner of W Villa Maria and South College Avenue in Bryan, Texas sits the 148 acre Travis B Bryan Municipal Golf Course. The city of Bryan has discussed turning the golf course into a super park for more than 5 years, and over the last year, plans for that are finally being released. According to city officials, "the municipal course had become a financial drain for the city over the years, losing around $200,000 annually on what has been a more than $900,000-a-year operation". The idea of creating a "super park" was primarily focused on the need to use sports and tourism to the economic advantages of the city. The goal is to provide attractions that would bring in out-of-town and overnight visitors.
The city of Bryan held a Farewell Golf Tournament on December 31st, 2017 at the Golf Course for the final day of golf play. Since then, Burditt Consultants was selected for the architectural and engineering services of the super park project. While the development has been and will be a lengthy process in time, Burditt held its first of many presentations in November 2018 with the city. According to The Eagle, the ideas presented included:
An indoor "sports and events center" with 8 high school-sized courts that can be used for basketball, volleyball and other sports, or as a flexible event venue with 50,000 square feet of floor space.
An outdoor amphitheater and "grand lawn" with restrooms and concessions, a water feature and play area.
Improvements to Bryan Municipal Lake, including expanding and defining the lake edge, scraping the bottom to eliminate the first six inches of sediment, and habitat restoration
Building two new baseball/softball fields at the nearby Travis Athletic Complex and "renewal" of the three existing fields, plus additional parking and upgrades to seating and lighting
General infrastructure improvements, including a new road
Total cost estimates for this phase are estimated to be between $60-$75 million. Timelines were not discussed, but the city said they expected the project could take anywhere from a few years to twenty years to complete. We will definitely be keeping an eye on this development and the release of new plans!