The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission on Thursday approved $1.3 million in competitive grants for city and county parks across the state, funding 12 out of 35 funding requests.
Money for the 10 Outdoor Recreation Grants and 2 Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants comes from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Program funding is appropriated annually by Congress. TPWD is the pass-through agency for local governments in Texas.
The city of Belton in Bell County was granted $100,000 to support its proposal to acquire 3.26 acres by donation and develop Nolan Creek, south/southeast to Confederate Park. The proposal includes trails, picnic tables, horseshoe court, exercise stations, two acres of open space, creek improvements for kayak/canoe use, amphitheater, landscaping, and interpretive signs.
Granite Shoals in Burnet County was granted $100,000 to develop Quarry Park in the north area of the city on FM1431 and Phillips Ranch Road. The proposal includes trails, a tennis pavilion, wildflower gardens and an interpretive display.
The Sonterra Municipal Utility District southeast of Jarrell in Williamson County was granted $100,000 to support its request to obtain 4.6 acres by donation and develop north and south parks in the east area of the district. The proposal includes game tables, picnic tables with grills, benches, playground, trail with solar lighting, community gardens with drop irrigation, trees and trash cans.
The city of Center in Smith County was granted $100,000 to support its proposal to acquire 19.68 acres and further develop Center Park in the west area of the city on Roughrider Drive. The proposal includes walking and nature trails, pavilion/ restroom with picnic tables and grills, open play area with landscape.