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James Parkway & Puryear Drive Improvement & Thomas Park Plan

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The city plans improvements to Mabel Clare Thomas Park and James Parkway and Puryear Drive from Francis Drive to Kyle Avenue. In addition to these near-term improvements, the city is developing a long-range park plan for the park's southern section that sits between Francis Drive and Kyle Avenue.

The city is developing a plan that reflects the community's needs and character and recognizes the park's importance to neighbors and city residents. Tree preservation is a priority and will be given thoughtful consideration in the roadway and park improvements and during the park plan's development.

We appreciate all the comments and survey responses. All the feedback is being reviewed and discussed and future updates will be posted here. Please contact the project manager, Susan Monnat, with any questions.

James Parkway and Puryear Drive Improvements  and Mabel Clare Thomas Park Plan

Proposed improvements to James Parkway, Puryear Drive, and Mabel Clare Thomas Park include:

  • Rehabilitating the roadways.
  • Upgrading drainage in the park and along the roadways.
  • Adding and improving sidewalks and lighting.
The improvements could be constructed as early as late 2022 and funded through the city's Capital Projects and Parks and Recreation departments.

Since Mabel Clare Thomas Park's pool was removed, the community has been interested in identifying the park's next steps. The city is developing a long-range park plan for the section south of Francis Drive and would implement improvements in phases once the plan is adopted. The park plan identifies no funding for the construction or implementation of the improvements.

Potential plan elements include:

  • Improving ADA accessibility and parking.
  • Adding historical markers.
  • Improving or adding park amenities.


Project kick-off

NOV. 9-23
Public meeting to share project information and collect feedback. 

EARLY 2022
Finalize roadway improvements and the vision plan.

Share final roadway improvements and park plan at public meeting.

LATE 2022
Construction of roadway rehabilitation, drainage, and sidewalk Improvements.

Construct additional park amenities included in vision plan. 

Contact Information

Susan M. Monnat, P.E.Project ManagerCapital Projects979.764.5028
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