In the News: Cypress residents get first glimpse of the reimagined Arnold Cypress Park

September 14, 2023 Event-NewsEnterprise

David N. Young

The Cypress City Council has officially voted to accept recommendations for the “reimagined” conceptual design of Arnold Cypress Park.

City officials, who have been working for the past few years with ideas from the public and planners to “reimagine” the decades old Arnold Cypress Park, held a joint meeting with the city’s Recreation and Community Services Commission to approve the new plan.

Cypress Park was initially constructed in 1949, then in 1970 was renamed Arnold Cypress Park to honor Alfred E. “Pat” Arnold, a founding city Council member and former president of the Orange County Board of Education. The park has since been known as Arnold Cypress Park.

Early design of the Arnold Cypress Park project.

Jeffrey Draper, Director of the Cypress Recreation and Community Services, presented the concept plan to the Council at their most recent city Council meeting, saying the 14.5-acre park “now packs a lot of amenities”.

“The biggest change to the park is a more efficient layout,” Draper told the Council, noting that Arnold Cypress Park will be home to the three synthetic turf ballfields, two of which will have 200-foot homerun fences while the other will have a 225-foot fence, sufficient to host a college softball game.

There will be a smaller, natural turf field in the corner of the property, with batting cages where younger players can develop their hitting skills.

The park is conveniently designed with concession stands in the center, with restrooms, and areas that can be used for fundraising events. Also, there is a relaxing courtyard in the center from which onlookers can see all three fields.

“Even if you have multiple kids playing, you can see them all,” he said. There are two picnic pavilions nearby, one of which is next to a green open space.

In other areas of the park, Draper said there will be eight (8) lighted pickleball courts, and other fitness/workout equipment.

Ribbon cutting day at Cypress Lexington Park, completed in coordination with Griffin Structures.

In addition, the new park will have eight (8) lighted pickleball courts, a lighted basketball court, a lighted volleyball court and outdoor fitness equipment.

Draper and Public Works Director Doug Dancs confirmed that the park will contain new age LED lighting, which is designed to have as little impact as possible on nearby residents.

Draper said there is a half-mile walking trail throughout the park that connects all of the interior venues.

“After many years, I’m so pleased to see the designs coming to fruition,” said Cypress Mayor Anne Hertz Mallari.

Once construction gets underway, “we’re looking to re-open the park in early 2025,” with the new configuration, he said.


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