Officials from around Cameron County gathered Wednesday at Isla Blanca Park for the groundbreaking of new facilities that are slated to open by late summer.

The $6.2 million project, funded through the county’s hotel and car rental taxes, includes an amphitheater that will seat 4,000 and a 6,800-square-foot multipurpose building.

“When this park is renovated and updated, there won’t be a park in the country more beautiful,” County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. said.

The amphitheater will provide an ideal view to watch SpaceX rocket launches, like the one Tuesday, that take place on Boca Chica Beach, Precinct 1 Commissioner Sofia Benavides said.

“As God would have it, we have Isla Blanca Park right across the ship channel,” she said.

County Parks Director Joe Vega said the multipurpose building will have audio and video equipment and will seat up to 250 people.

Also in Isla Blanca Park, the county will spend $17 million in gulf-side improvements and $13 million is RV site improvements, Trevino said. The parks department is wrapping up $3.5 million in upgrades at EK Atwood Park.

By Nadia Tamez-Robledo Staff Writer