TAFT – Volunteers and families of volunteers from the All Craft Engaged in Safety team of Gulf Coast Growth Ventures (GCGV) decided to give back to the Taft community on Sunday morning. 

The team rolled out rolls of geogrid, a plastic used to stabilize dirt in preparation for parking lots, to improve the current parking lot at the Taft park on 1202 Murray St.

The section of the park is heavily used by Taft residents and has areas for soccer, basketball and tennis.

Gulf Coast Growth Ventures is a joint project between ExxonMobil and SABIC. These partners are working to build a new plastics manufacturing plant in Gregory. Site prep and preliminary construction are currently underway.

According to Ben Witt,  GCGV project engineer for infrastructure, the venture has many engagements with the community. Taft was selected because of its proximity to the plant, and the connections several of the construction workers had to the town.

Next week, crews with the city and county will place about 34 truckloads recycled asphalt gravel over the geogrids.

Another volunteer day is planned in the next few weeks, which will focus on minor improvements to the tennis court and soccer field.

GCGV has proposed subsequent park improvements, which may include work at the basketball courts, a larger parking lot and installing a new playground in Taft.