Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Commission Agenda Item No. 3
Action
Indoor Recreation Local Park Grant Funding
January 22, 2009

I. Executive Summary: Indoor Recreation Grants are made from the Texas Recreation and Parks Account to Texas local governments for the acquisition and/or development of indoor recreation facilities. As of July 31, 2008 TPWD received eleven eligible indoor applications requesting $6,945,110 in matching fund assistance. The Legislature restored the appropriation for indoor grants for the 2008-2009 biennium. Staff is recommending support of three projects for this fiscal year in the amount of $1,395,000.

II. Discussion: The Texas Recreation and Parks Account Program (TRPA) is a dedication of a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods, effective September 1, 1993. This program provides matching fund assistance to local governments for outdoor and indoor recreation.

Funds available include $1,395,000 from Fiscal Year 2009 TRPA revenue. This review includes applications from eleven sponsors requesting $6,945,110 in matching funds for all eligible applications submitted by July 31, 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 three projects listed in Exhibit A in the amount of $1,395,000 is approved."

Attachments - 1

  1. Exhibit A - Priority Listing

Commission Agenda Item No. 3
Exhibit A

Indoor Grant Program Priority Listing
January 22, 2009
(Descending Order Of Priority)
(A = Acquisition, D = Development)
(* Resubmitted Project)

# Score Applicant and Project Type Requested Recommended Cumulative
1 64 Combes Recreation Center A&D $327,110 $327,110 $327,110
2 55 Brownwood Coliseum Annex D $500,000 $500,000 $827,110
3 54 Weslaco Boys and Girls Club Indoor Recreation Center D $718,000 $567,890 $1,395,000
4 53 Schertz Recreation Center A&D $750,000 $0 $1,395,000
5 50 Rockport "The Gathering Place" Rockport Community Center D $750,000 $0 $1,395,000
6 49 Corpus Christi Oso Bay Wetland Preserve & Learning Center D $750,000 $0 $1,395,000
7 49 North Richland Hills Recreation Center D $750,000 $0 $1,395,000
8 47 Missouri City Tennis Center Acquisition * A&D $750,000 $0 $1,395,000
9 44 Gatesville Recreation Center D $750,000 $0 $1,395,000
10 43 Laredo Maria Luisa Haynes Recreation Center $750,000 $0 $1,395,000
11 25 Richland Hills Kate Baker Park Community Center * D $150,000 $0 $1,395,000
Totals $6,945,110 $1,395,000  

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