City authorizes slab and construction work for Katy Fitness Court project

By George Slaughter, News Editor
Posted 9/15/22

The Katy City Council Monday awarded a $16,850 bid to Venus Construction of Katy to build the concrete slab and install the equipment for the Katy Fitness Court project at the Katy City Park.

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City authorizes slab and construction work for Katy Fitness Court project

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The Katy City Council Monday awarded a $16,850 bid to Venus Construction of Katy to build the concrete slab and install the equipment for the Katy Fitness Court project at the Katy City Park.

The fitness court will be built on the north side of the park, near the covered basketball court and the Play Station Playground.

The city in July received a $50,000 National Fitness Campaign 2022 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for creation of the fitness court. Part of the deal was that the city had to pay for installation of the slab and surfacing where the court would go. The city also had to cover equipment and any customized artwork. The council voted in July to authorize spending an additional $92,350 for these things.

The court will feature equipment used for body weight training. In these exercises, a person uses his or her body weight as resistance, instead of dumbbells.

Among other items, the equipment will include destabilized pushing rings, stabilized free-form pushing bars, and a stabilized pull-up bar.

When completed, the fitness court will have areas for people to do a variety of exercises to improve their physical fitness.

The fitness court is one improvement at the park. Another is the renovation of the tennis courts. The city had planned to renovate the courts, but Aileen Rios and her company, Harvest Midstream of Houston, reached out to the city about making a donation.

Kevin Browne, the city’s parks director, said Rios mentioned renovating the tennis courts at the park. He said the city was already planning to make those renovations, but the donation was welcomed.

Rios is a GIS (for geographical information system) technician. Harvest Midstream is a privately-held midstream company services provider.

As for the fitness court, Council Member-at-Large and Mayor Pro Tem Chris Harris said he was happy to see Venus Construction get the slab and construction agreement.

“It’s a local company and they take a very active role in the community,” Harris said.

City of Katy, Katy City Council, fitness court, tennis court

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