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See the results of a $4.5M renovation project at Plano’s Carpenter Park Athletic Complex

A $4.5 million renovation project installing four new artificial turf playing fields at the Carpenter Park Athletic Complex in Plano is now complete. The fields can host games and practices for sports including football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby, among other activities.

The project was funded through a $15.5 million bond referendum approved by voters in 2017.

Strong interest and wear and tear on the fields led to the renovation project at Carpenter Park, according to a video report produced by the city.

“Over the years, it’s gone from a two-season to basically almost a year-round season…And you just can’t play on a natural turf that much without just wearing it to the nub and worse,” Kevin Murray, assistant parks superintendent, said in the video.

Traffic passes a polling place sign outside a Collin County Early Voting Location at Carpenter Park Recreation Center on Monday, June 29, 2020, in Plano. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News)

The Carpenter Park project also added new security fencing and an additional trail that makes a loop around the entire park. Two new restroom buildings, additional

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WilCo Celebrates $4.5M Expo Center Renovation

WILLAMSON COUNTY, TX — Officials are celebrating $4.5 million in new improvements to the Williamson County Expo Center that includes the addition of a 44,000-square-foot pavilion.

This new space will give the Williamson County Expo Center the ability to increase its capacity to host larger events such as multiple-day horse shows, cattle shows and sales, equipment trainings and conferences and fundraisers, county officials said in an advisory. The improvements were funded with voter-approved park bonds, officials reminded.

“The Expo Center with its new improvements is a tremendous asset to all of Central Texas and a true spectator destination for large events,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles said in a prepared statement. “We want to thank the residents of Williamson County for their overwhelming support of this facility through our Park Bond program.”

The pavilion is a pre-engineered, metal building with a dirt floor that can be used in a variety

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