County Judge Bill Gravell has announced that work to finish River Ranch County Park () continues after a year of delay caused by problems with the contractor.
As per a report, Gravell highlighted that the county was in contract with a construction firm that wasn’t measuring up to the county’s standards for the park.
The 1,354-acre park, located in between Leander and Liberty Hill, includes 10-12 miles of biking, hiking, and equestrian trails, as well as, playgrounds, parking, pavilions, and an interpretive center.
Through an email, Williamson County confirmed it issued a notice of default to Ritter, Botkin Prime Construction Co., the general contractor for the project.
The notice claimed that the general contractor was not meeting the certain milestones set out within the agreement, failed to properly oversee the work performed, and did not build improvements according to the specifications and plans.
According to the letter, the county ended the contract it had with Ritter, Botkin Prime Construction Co., on June 2, 2021.
Gravell stated that River Ranch County Park is 90% complete but did not give a timeframe for the opening.
“A park opening date has not yet been confirmed, but all parties are working towards solutions and looking forward to a 2022 opening,” the county said in a February 23 email.
Williamson County awarded Ritter, Botkin Construction Co. an $11-million construction contract to construct the River Ranch County Park in November 2018. The construction began in December 2018 and was initially scheduled to be completed by 2020.
The county initially purchased the area for the park in 2008 for $10.63 million. In April 2019, the county acquired another 350 acres for the park for $4.375 million.
Once completed, Gravell said the park will be known as the premier park in Williamson County and will rival any state park.
“We are going to finish the park,” Gravell said.
This story originally appeared on Community Impact News.