Presenters: Tim Hogsett

Commission Agenda Item No. 7
Action
Supplemental Appropriations Approved in HB 4586
Local Park Grant Funding
January 28, 2010

I. Executive Summary: Staff will brief the Commission regarding appropriated funds in HB 4586 approved by the 81st Legislature for Local Park Grants in the amount of $1,500,000 for matching funds to projects in the City of Waco.

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. House Bill 4586 approved for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to provide matching funds that reads as follows:

For the biennium ending August 31, 2011, it is the intent of the legislature that an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 be provided as matching grants to the City of Waco as follows:

  1. $373,000 shall be allocated for a one-to-one matching grant for the purpose of replacing the existing Oscar DuConge Pool with safe and appropriate public recreational water activities in East Waco, such as a splash pad/spray park; and
  2. $1,127,000 shall be allocated for a two-to-one matching grant for the purpose of restoring, upgrading, or replacing the existing public skate park to provide a safe, family recreational skating facility.

The City has submitted the required application materials to receive consideration for the specified funds. A summary of each project is attached in Exhibit A. These projects are mandated expenditures by the Texas Legislature, and do not require competition with other grants.

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

"Funding for the specified projects in HB 4586 as listed in Exhibit A is approved."

Attachments - 1

  1. Exhibit A - Project Summaries

Commission Agenda Item No. 7
Exhibit A

Project Summaries

Sponsor
City of Waco
Location
Waco, McLennan County
Project Name
Oscar DuConge Park
Requested Funding
$373,000
Proposed Elements
The City of Waco will replace the existing pool with a spray park, and add a playground, restroom, landscaping, and signs.
Match Source
Capital Improvement General Obligation Bond funds

Sponsor
City of Waco
Location
Waco, McLennan County
Project Name
Charlie McCleary Center at Sul Ross Park
Requested Funding
$1,127,000
Proposed Elements
The City of Waco will acquire .78 acres by purchase and renovate/upgrade the existing skate park, and develop a pavilion, trail, lighting, tennis court renovation, basketball court, playground, fencing, landscaping, irrigation and signs.
Match Source
Capital Improvement General Obligation Bond funds

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