TPW awards $6.9 million in grants to local park projects

Fifteen Texas communities will receive almost $7 million in grants to help underwrite basic public recreation facilities as a result of action taken by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. In its Aug. 31 meeting, the commission approved the distribution of the Texas Recreation and Parks Account (TRPA), a matching grants program that funds local park acquisition and development projects. The 15 projects approved for funding were selected from 47 applications submitted to TPW by cities, counties and municipal utility districts requesting $17.3 million in matching funding for local parks. The TRPA was authorized by lawmakers in 1993 to assist local governments in purchasing parkland and developing outdoor recreation facilities. TRPA monies are generated from a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods dedicated solely for park funding and do not come from the same funds earmarked for hunting and fishing. The priority projects selected by TPW staff were based on a scoring system taking into account site visits and project analyses. For more information on local park grants, call the Recreation Grants division of Texas Parks and Wildlife at (512) 912-7124, e-mail to tim.hogsett@tpwd.state. tx.us. ‘ The City of Hutto will receive a $500,000 matching grant to acquire 5.5 acres by purchase and 23.5 acres by donation to develop City Park. ‘ The City of Rockwall will receive a $500,000 matching grant to acquire 60 acres by donation, 43 acres by purchase and a 0.85 acre easement to expand and further develop Meyers Park. ‘ The City of Fort Worth will receive a $500,000 matching grant to acquire by purchase and donation 48 acres to develop Far North Community Park. ‘ The City of Irving will receive a $500,000 matching grant to buy 12 acres to expand and further develop Running Bear Park. ‘ The City of Gonzales will receive a $500,000 matching grant to acquire by donation and develop the 146 acre J.B. Wells Park. ‘ The City of Cedar Park will receive a $500,000 matching grant to develop Bushy Creek Lake Park. ‘ The City of Richmond will receive a $500,000 matching grant to acquire by donation 15 acres to further develop George Park. ‘ The City of Greenville will receive a $418,475 matching grant to buy 2.02 acres to expand and further develop the Sports Complex. ‘ Montgomery County Municipal Utility District No. 46 will receive a $500,000 matching grant to acquire by donation and develop 16.38 acre Windvale Park. ‘ Fern Bluff Municipal Utility District No. 46 will receive a $469,250 matching grant to acquire by donation and develop the 37 acre Brightwater Community Park and Greenbelt. ‘ The City of Melissa will receive a $392,000 matching grant to develop City Park. ‘ The City of Richardson will receive a $500,000 matching grant to acquire by donation 3.06 acres and 6,000 linear feet by easement to further develop Galatyn/Spring Creek Linear Park. ‘ The Sebastian Municipal Utility District in Willacy County will receive a $250,000 matching grant to develop Community Park. ‘ The Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District in Williamson County will receive a $383,481 matching grant to acquire a 0.25 acre cave site and develop two park sites and connecting trails throughout the MUD. ‘ The City of Burnet in Burnet County will receive a $500,000 matching grant to expand and further develop Galloway Hammond Park.

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