Construction to begin at popular Arroyo City park

Work to resurface roadways and parking lot improvements at popular Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park is set to begin in about a week.

The work is part of Phase II of the boat ramp improvement project and will resurface the access road as well as auxiliary roads, along with two existing parking areas servicing the east-side boat ramp, county officials said.

A new restroom will be built, and eco-friendly LED lighting will be installed at the parking lots.

Funding for the projects was provided from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s boating access grant program which donated $500,000.

The county’s match totaled $160,000.

“These new improvements will increase accessibility and safety for the anglers and visitors at Adolph Thomae Jr. County Park,” said County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. “This park is a great place for recreational opportunities such as fishing, camping and boating. The majority of our visitors participate in saltwater fishing, as the county provides an important public access point to the Lower Laguna Madre.”

Brownsville residents Juan Valles, left, and Jose Figueroa return to their favorite fishing pier at Adolph Thomae, Jr. County Park Thursday in Arroyo City after the US Congress voted to end the government shutdown.

Construction is set to begin April 13 and finish up by May 25, weather permitting.

Treviño warned of disruptions during the construction, which will mean temporary closures of parking lots, boat ramps and RV sites. Roadside parking will be strictly prohibited and parking violations will be assessed at the owner’s expense, officials said.

rkelley@valleystar.com