Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Commission Agenda Item No. 7
Action
Outdoor Recreation Grant Funding
August 27, 2009

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. TPWD received 24 eligible applications requesting $10,988,393 in matching fund assistance. Staff is recommending support of eight projects in the amount of $3,614,027.

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 $3,360,982 from TRPA revenue, and $253,045 from LWCF revenue. This review includes applications from 24 sponsors requesting $10,988,393 in matching funds for all applications submitted by January 31, 2009. 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 $3,614,027 is approved."

Attachments - 1

  1. Exhibit A - Priority Listing

Commission Agenda Item No. 7
Exhibit A

Outdoor Grant Program Priority Listing
August 27, 2009
(Descending Order of Priority)
(*Resubmitted Project)

# Score Sponsor Authority Project Name Funds Requested Recommended Cumulative
1 94 Timber Lane Utility District Union Pacific Park* $ 500,000 $ 500,000 $ 500,000
2 94 Victoria Lone Tree Community Park $ 500,000 $ 500,000 $ 1,000,000
3 93 Cameron County Drainage Dist #1 Cascade Park $ 500,000 $ 500,000 $ 1,500,000
4 87 Linden Community At Heart: Linden City Park* $ 353,770 $ 353,770 $ 1,853,770
5 85 Brownwood Camp Bowie Sports Complex* $ 500,000 $ 500,000 $ 2,353,770
6 85 Wimberley Blue Hole Regional Park II $ 500,000 $ 500,000 $ 2,853,770
7 80 Kendall County Joshua Springs Park & Reserve $ 488,825 $ 488,825 $ 3,342,595
8 80 Kenedy County Sam Noble County Park Improvements* $ 271,432 $ 271,432 $ 3,614,027
9 78 Haltom City Whites Branch Park $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
10 78 Rusk Lion's Park $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
11 77 Sealy Jacqueline A. Cryan Memorial Town Park $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
12 76 Princeton Community Park/WW II POW Camp* $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
13 73 Euless Midway Park Family and Community Services $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
14 73 Gun Barrel City Park Expansion — West Section $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
15 71 Forest Hill Griggs Park $ 491,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
16 70 Alpine Park Improvements and Trail Extension $ 402,475 $ — $ 3,614,027
17 70 Harris County MUD #179 Park $ 499,128 $ — $ 3,614,027
18 66 Rosenberg Seabourne Creek Park II $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
19 54 Arlington Southeast Neighborhood Park* $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
20 54 Mission Northwest Park* $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
21 50 Uvalde Kiwanis Parks Sports Complex $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
22 42 Prosper 57 Acre Community Park* $ 500,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
23 31 Matagorda County Swingbridge Fishing Park $ 100,000 $ — $ 3,614,027
24 31 South Houston City Park Renovation $ 381,763 $ — $ 3,614,027
TOTALS $10,988,393 $ 3,614,027

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