POSTED: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 8:29pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 11:17pm
Tyler TX (KETK) — Tyler City Council approved a master plan to upgrade and add more features to the rose garden.
The famous garden will be expanding and adding some new programs very soon.
The goal is to make the rose garden a year long attraction for tourists.
"The days of coming home from church on Sunday and Dad saying let's go to the rose garden and have a picnic, times have changed. We tend to live a little more programmed life, " said MHS Planning and Design President Mark Spencer.
The Planning and Design team and the city have been talking for 4 years about upgrades.
Tyler City Council approved a master plan last night with talks of adding an outside restroom, a possible area for outside concerts and other features.
Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Rollings says the new additions and the expansion will hopefully bring more people to the garden all year round.
"It's already a huge tourist destination and we're just really beginning to add more to the facility so more people will come and visit and continue to be that valuable attraction to the City of Tyler," said Parks and Recreation Director Stephanie Rollings.
The upgrades will cost $36,000 and will be paid for through a capital improvement fund with the city.
The Texas Rose Festival also donated $15,000 for the project.
MHS Design and Planning Team will be leading the project.
Spencer says they want to add features that will attract more people to the garden as well as features that will fit with the people of Tyler.
"We're going to try and look to see what uses will be compatible with the garden and see what the people have to say about that."