Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Commission Agenda Item No. 10
Action
Outdoor Recreation Grant Funding
August 21, 2008

I. Executive Summary: Outdoor Recreation Grants are made available from the Texas Recreation and Parks Account and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to Texas local governments for the acquisition and/or development of outdoor recreation sites. In a special call for applications on April 1, 2008, TPWD received 16 eligible applications requesting $6,982,394 in matching fund assistance. Staff is recommending support of eight projects in the amount of $3,915,400.

II. Discussion: The Texas Recreation and Parks Account Program (TRPA) was authorized in 1993 to assist local political subdivisions of the state in providing basic public recreation facilities. TRPA revenue is generated from a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods.

Funds available include $2,047,788 from TRPA revenue, and $1,867,612 from LWCF revenue. This review includes applications from 16 sponsors requesting $6,982,394 in matching funds for all applications submitted by April 1, 2008. Based on site visits and analyses, the projects have been ranked in descending order of priority. Exhibit A contains the priority listing with funds requested by the sponsors and funds recommended by staff.

III. Recommendation: Staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"Funding for eight projects listed in Exhibit A in the amount of $3,915,400.00 is approved."

Attachments - 1

  1. Exhibit A - Priority Listing

Commission Agenda Item No. 10
Exhibit A

Outdoor Grant Program Priority Listing

Descending Order of Priority
(A = Acquisition, D = Development,* Resubmitted Project)
# SCORE APPLICANT AND PROJECT TYPE REQUESTED RECOMMENDED CUMULATIVE
1 86 HARRIS-MONTGOMERY COUNTIES MUD #386 May Valley Park A&D $ 500,000.00 $500,000.00 $500,000.00
2 80 CORPUS CHRISTI Oso Conservation and Interpretation Park A&D $ 500,000.00 $500,000.00 $1,000,000.00
3 79 MAGNOLIA City Park A&D $ 415,400.00 $415,400.00 $1,415,400.00
4 75 REEVES COUNTY Golf Course & Community Park A&D $ 500,000.00 $500,000.00 $1,915,400.00
5 73 HILLSBORO City Park III Expansion A&D $ 500,000.00 $500,000.00 $2,415,400.00
6 70 TIMBERLANE UTILITY DISTRICT Highland Glen-North Hills Park A&D $ 500,000.00 $500,000.00 $2,915,400.00
7 69 HENDERSON Fair Park III A&D $ 500,000.00 $500,000.00 $3,415,400.00
8 68 NUECES COUNTY Banquete Park * D $ 500,000.00 $500,000.00 $3,915,400.00
9 62 ADDISON Vitruvian Park & Trail A&D $ 500,000.00   $3,915,400.00
10 60 KENEDY COUNTY Sam Noble Park D $ 248,000.00   $3,915,400.00
11 57 MISSOURI CITY Independence Park Expansion * A&D $ 500,000.00   $3,915,400.00
12 54 ALPINE Park Improvements & Trail Expansion D $ 482,104.00   $3,915,400.00
13 51 AUBREY Community Park II D $ 500,000.00   $3,915,400.00
14 45 MC ALLEN Firemen's Park * A&D $ 500,000.00   $3,915,400.00
15 43 SOCORRO Bonita Park * D $ 183,000.00   $3,915,400.00
16 42 PROSPER Boyer Park * D $ 153,890.00   $3,915,400.00
TOTALS $6,982,394.00 $3,915,400.00  

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