In 1997, the citizens of Richardson voted to approve funding for parks and recreation projects in the city to develop recreational facilities long overdue for renovation. This provided an opportunity not only to upgrade facilities, but also to enhance the character of the city of Richardson.
The goal for two of the bond projects—Huffhines Park and Breckinridge Park—was to renovate the ball fields to a championship level of play. Huffhines Park is strategically located in the longer-established section of the city, while the Breckinridge Park baseball fields are located among the eastern panhandle area’s newer residential developments. At Breckinridge Park, the development of four baseball fields with grass infields will provide a program element that has been lacking in the city’s recreation program. The core of the city’s lighted softball fields is found at Huffhines Park, a recreation complex that has been “loved to death” over the past 40 years. The bond project provided the opportunity to renovate these two important park facilities for the city and regain the status and respect that is garnered from quality recreational facilities.