Commission Agenda Item No. 5
Presenter:  Tim Hogsett

Action
Outdoor Recreation Grant Funding
August 26, 2010  

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 25 eligible applications requesting $10,388,101 in matching fund assistance.  Staff is recommending support of six projects in the amount of $2,749,368.

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 $2,000,000 from TRPA revenue, and $749,368 from LWCF revenue.  This review includes applications from 25 sponsors requesting $10,388,101 in matching funds for all applications submitted by January31, 2010.  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 six projects listed in Exhibit A in the amount of $2,749,368 is approved.”

                                                                        Attachments – 1

                                                                        1.   Exhibit A — Priority Listing


Commission Agenda Item No. 5
Appendix A

Outdoor Grant Program Priority Listing
August 26, 2010
(Descending Order of Priority)
(* Resubmitted Project)
# Score Sponsor Authority Project Name Grant Request State Match Cumulative Total Project Cost
1 101 Greenville Graham Park * $500,000 $500,000 $500,000 $1,000,000
2 100 San Angelo Concho River Trail II * $500,000 $500,000 $1,000,000 $1,225,830
3 96 East Bernard Community Park $500,000 $500,000 $1,500,000 $1,000,000
4 94 Schleicher County Eldorado County Park * $500,000 $500,000 $2,000,000 $1,031,000
5 90 Los Fresnos Community Park Improvements $249,368 $249,368 $2,249,368 $563,736
6 89 Kendall County 4-H Club Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center * $500,000 $500,000 $2,749,368 $11,500,000
7 87 Krum Community Park * $500,000      
8 87 Vernon Orbison Park * $500,000      
9 86 Maverick County Lake Park IV $500,000      
10 84 Vinton City Hall Park $500,000      
11 82 Wichita Falls Wichita Bluff Open Space * $500,000      
12 81 Glen Rose Oakdale Park * $500,000      
13 78 Liberty Hill City Park * $207,000      
14 66 Haltom City Little Fossil Creek Linear Park $500,000      
15 76 Nueces County Packery Channel Park $500,000      
16 73 Pampa Inez Carter Park Family Aquatic Center $500,000      
17 72 Hidalgo Valle Alto Park II * $500,000      
18 67 Hallettsville City Park IV $500,000      
19 65 Corsicana Athletic Complex $250,000      
20 64 Muenster Water Park $194,108      
21 62 Hearne Baseball Park $500,000      
22 50 Round Rock Play For All Abilities in Rabb Park $259,875      
23 45 Cameron County El Ranchito Community Park $500,000      
24 36 Calhoun County Olivia Haterius Park $45,500      
25 34 Harris County MUD #43 Charlie Gant Park $182,250      
      TOTAL $10,388,101     $16,320,566

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