Presenter: Tim Hogsett

Commission Agenda Item No. 4
Local Park Grant Funding
August 2002

I. Discussion: Local Park Grants: 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 $5,857,022 from Fiscal Year 2003 TRPA revenue and $750,000 from the Fiscal Year 2003 Land and Water Conservation Fund apportionment.

This review includes applications from 38 sponsors, requesting $15,714,299 in matching funds for all applications submitted by January 31, 2002. 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. Exhibit B contains a discussion of individual, eligible project proposals.

II. Recommendation: The staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"Funding for projects listed in Exhibit A in the amount of $6,607,022 is approved, as described for individual projects in Exhibit B.”

Attachments – 3

1. Exhibit A – Priority Listing (Available upon request)
2. Exhibit B – Discussion of Individual Project Proposals(Available upon request)
3. Exhibit C – Fiscal Note (Available upon request)