Commission Agenda Item No. 5
Presenter:  Tim Hogsett

Action
Local Park Grant Funding
January 24, 2013

I.       Executive Summary:  The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State and Local Assistance Program provides matching grants to states and local governments for the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities.  Program funding is appropriated annually by Congress.  TPWD is the pass-through agency for the local governments in the state of Texas.  Available funds for the Local Park Grants include $1,330,000.00.

II.      Discussion:  Outdoor Recreation Grants are made available to Texas local governments of less than 500,000 in population for the acquisition and/or development of outdoor recreation sites.  As of August 1, 2012 TPWD received 32 eligible Outdoor Recreation Grant applications requesting $2,673,899 in matching fund assistance.  Staff is recommending support of 10 projects in the amount of $1,000,000.00.  Exhibit A ranks the projects in descending order based on the scoring criteria adopted by the TPW Commission.

Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants are made available to Texas local governments that exceed 500,000 in population for the acquisition and/or development of outdoor recreation sites.  As of August 1, 2012 TPWD received 3 eligible Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant applications requesting $550,000.00 in matching fund assistance.  Staff is recommending support of 2 projects in the amount of $330,000.00.  Exhibit B ranks the projects in descending order based on the scoring criteria adopted by the TPW Commission.

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

"Funding for 12 projects listed in Exhibit A and B in the amount of $1,330,000.00 is approved.”

Attachments – 2

  1. Exhibit A — Outdoor Recreation Grant Priority Listing
  2. Exhibit B — Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant Priority Listing

Commission Agenda Item No. 5
Appendix A

Outdoor Grant Program Priority Listing
January 24, 2013
(Descending Order of Priority)

#

Score

Sponsor Authority

Project Name

Grant Request

LWCF Match Recommended

Cumulative Recommended

1

108

Belton

Nolan Creek Recreational Project

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

2

100

Granite Shoals

Quarry Park

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$200,000.00

3

86

Sonterra MUD

North Park & Southwest Park

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$300,000.00

4

84

Center

Park Expansion

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$400,000.00

5

76

Hays County

Jacob’s Well Natural Area

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$500,000.00

6

76

La Feria

Unger Park

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$600,000.00

7

75

Nueces County

Lyondell Baseball Park

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$700,000.00

8

68

Bedford

Boys Ranch Park II

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$800,000.00

9

66

Brownwood

Camp Bowie Soccer Complex

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$900,000.00

10

64

Cameron County

El Ranchito Community Park

$100,000.00

$100,000.00

$1,000,000.00

11

51

Alice

Craig Park

$50.000.00

12

49

Rowlett

Scenic Point Park

$100,000.00

13

45

Crockett

Davy Crockett Memorial Park

$75,000.00

14

45

Schulenburg

Sports Complex

$100,000.00

15

42

Edinburg

Northwest Park Trail

$100,000.00

16

41

Krum

Community Park

$100,000.00

17

41

Lumberton

City Park

$100,000.00

18

40

Laredo

Lost Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem

$50,000.00

19

39

Lamesa

North Ninth Street Park II

$100,000.00

20

38

Windcrest

Autumn Sunset Greenway

$84,577.50

21

35

Elsa

Modesto Hernandez Memorial

$75,000.00

22

33

Seguin

Skate Park

$50,000.00

23

28

Vinton

North Park

$100,000.00

24

27

Fairfield

W.L. Moody Reunion Grounds II

$100,000.00

25

27

Sullivan City

Municipal Park

$75,000.00

26

26

Brenham

Blue Bell Aquatic Center

$100,000.00

27

26

Redwater

Redwater Community Park

$6,798.30

28

24

Silsbee

Knupple Park II

$36,500.00

29

23

La Joya

Military Park

$75,000.00

30

21

Whitehouse

City Park

$88,004.00

31

15

Lubbock County WCID #1

Buffalo Springs Lake Park

$65,520.00

32

11

Huntsville

Eastham-Thomason Park IV

$42,500.00

Total

$2,673,899.80


Commission Agenda Item No. 5
Appendix B

Urban Outdoor Grant Program Priority Listing
January 24, 2013
(Descending Order of Priority)

#

Score

Sponsor Authority

Project Name

Grant Request

LWCF Match Recommended

Cumulative Recommended

1

35

Fort Worth

Trailhead at Tinity Park

$110,000.00

$110,000.00

$110,000.00

2

28

Houston

Shady Lane Park

$220,000.00

$220,000.00

$330,000.00

3

8

San Antonio

Stone Oak Park Walking Trails

$220,000.00

Total

$550,000.00













































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