Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Commission Agenda Item No. 3
Indoor Recreation Grants
January 1998

I. 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.
Section 24.005 (b) of the Parks and Wildlife Code states that "in establishing the program of grants under this section, the department shall adopt rules and regulations for grant assistance. When revenues to the Texas Recreation and Parks Account exceed $14 million per year, an amount not to exceed 15% shall be made available for grants to local governments for up to 50% of the cost of acquisition or development of indoor public recreation facilities for indoor recreation programs, sports activities, nature programs or exhibits." Fifteen percent is $2.3 million annually.

This review includes applications from 12 sponsors, requesting $3,297,887 in matching funds for all applications submitted by September 15, 1997. Projects have been analyzed by staff and are ranked in descending order of priority. Exhibit A contains the priority listing with funds requested by the sponsors and funds recommended by staff. Exhibit B contains a discussion of individual, eligible project proposals.

II. RECOMMENDATION: Staff recommends the Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

" Funding for projects listed in Exhibit A in the amount of $2,264,802.00 is approved, as described for individual projects in Exhibit B."

Attachments - 3

1. Exhibit A - Priority Listing
2. Exhibit B - Discussion of Individual Project Proposals
3. Exhibit C - Fiscal Note

(Attachments B and C are available upon request.)

Commission Agenda Item No. 3
Exhibit A

Indoor Priority Listing
Local Park Funding Requests
(Descending Order of Priority)
(A = Acquisition, D = Development)
(*Resubmitted Project)

1 74 Houston Marian Park Indoor Recreation Center A&D $500,000.00 $500,000.00 $500,000.00
2 73 Joaquin Senior Citizen/Community Center* A&D $61,602.00 $61,602.00 $561,602.00
3 70 Webb County Rio Bravo Community Center* D $150,000.00 $150,000.00 $711,602.00
4 64 Burnet Galloway Hammond Recreation Center* D $500,000.00 $500,000.00 $1,211,602.00
5 62 Friendswood Activity Building* D $53,200.00 $53,200.00 $1,264,802.00
6 62 Hurst Central Park Recreation Center* D $500,000.00 $500,000.00 $1,764,802.00
7 55 Rosenberg Recreation and Civic Center D $500,000.00 $500,000.00 $2,264,802.00
8 52 Wellington City-County Fairgrounds/Expo Center* D $205,376.00 $0.00 $2,264,802.00
9 51 Hondo Rick Taylor Memorial Recreation Center* D $342,709.00 $0.00 $2,264,802.00
10 47 Lometa Gym and Recreation Center D $400,000.00 $0.00 $2,264,802.00
11 42 Sanger Visual & Performing Arts Center* D $55,000.00 $0.00 $2,264,802.00
12 32 Bayou Vista Recreation Building D $30,000.00 $0.00 $2,264,802.00
    TOTAL   $3,297,887.00 $2,264,802.00  

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