Renovations to Lyondell Community Park are one step closer to beginning after county leaders approved a contract with the project's engineer.

Nueces County Commissioners had selected Dos Logistics Inc. in November to "provide the design of improvements to the Lyondell Community Park." The site was donated to the city of Corpus Christi and the county in 1997 by Oxy-Chem Corp., now known as Lyondell Chemical Co., for use as a youth sports complex, county officials said.

The park already had three youth baseball fields, scoreboards, fencing, spectator stands and a paved parking area.

Edward Herrera, county director of inland parks, said the work is Phase II of a renovation project, Phase I of which was completed in 2006. Phase I saw the installation of a bathroom and concession area, playground area and upgrades of the electrical and sprinkler systems.

Phase II will see the parking lot get refurbished, plus the addition of another parking lot. Also, a walking trail will be built for public use and pads with walkways will be built for handicapped individuals to have better access to the park, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The contract approved last week by county commissioners for $20,131 will run until July 1 and will be paid from Certificate of Obligation funds for Precinct 1 Commissioner Peggy Banales. Dos Logistics will also be responsible for overseeing and reviewing the work done by whatever contractor is designated to conduct the project, county officials said.