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HHPRD ‘officially’ opens Goode-Connell Park

HHPRD ‘officially’ opens Goode-Connell Park

The Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department officially welcomed a new park to the city on Monday morning during a grand-opening ceremony for the Goode-Connell Park.
Located at 110 E. Beeline, the 14-acre park features a playground, walking and jogging trails, multiple climbing boulders and practice areas for soccer and baseball.

The park is named in honor of the Paul Goode and Ted Connell families, who donated the land in 2005.
Diane Connell, the late Ted Connell’s wife, said seeing the park was a joy to her and her family.
“Their is a fabulous relationship between the City and the families,” Diane said. “We did have a problem piece of land, but for the City to take it and make it into this beautiful park is fabulous.”
Harker Heights mayor Mike Aycock said families like the Goodes and Connells are the reason the City continues to grow.
“The Goode family and the Connell family are part of the history of Harker Heights and they helped build the city of Harker Heights,” Aycock said. “The families in Harker Heights have always been generous with their giving.
The Goode-Connell Park is the sixth addition to the Heights Parks system.
“My husband loved the outdoors and I do too,” Diane said. “I really like to see kids outdoors and this is such a nice, safe place for kids to do that.”
Aycock said the park is the beginning of things to come on the north side of the City.
“This gives us a chance to do more north of 190,” Aycock said. “Our vision is to do more this way and it will come. There was a population over here that needed a park.”
For more information about the Harker Heights Parks system, contact the Harker Heights Parks and Recreation Department at (254) 953-5493.


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