EDINBURG, Texas – If a city is expanding its industrial and commercial sectors, like Edinburg is, it also needs to build more recreational parks.

This is the view of Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza.

“If you’re going to attract business here… you have got to have a good quality of life and so this park and these amenities are helping us address that.”

Garza gave an interview to the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service following a groundbreaking ceremony for the new De Zavala Park. 

The park is being developed jointly by the City of Edinburg and Edinburg CISD. During the day, students from De Zavala Elementary School will play in the park during recess and for their physical education classes. In the afternoon, families living nearby can enjoy the park’s soccer fields, splash pad and walking trails.

Garza pointed out that the need for more recreational parks came up during the City of Edinburg’s Edinburg 2040 town hall meetings last summer. He said there is a shortage of parks in the northwest quadrant of the city.

“People that live in this area should not have to drive to get to a park. They should have one nearby,” he said. “This is quality of life. It is also about helping us promote our city.”

Garza was asked when Edinburg’s legislative agenda would be ready.

“We’re still working on that. We just had a draft. I’m hoping that at the next meeting we could finalize it,” Garza said. “We’re going to be very active in the session. We have some priorities that we’re going to be looking at. And we’re looking forward to the session and getting our share for the community.”

Editor’s Note: Here is the interview with Mayor Garza:


Editor’s Note: The above video news story is the first in a two-part series related to the new De Zavala Park in northwest Edinburg.

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