Commission Agenda Item No. 5
Presenter: Dana Lagarde

Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant Funding
January 22, 2015

I.       Executive Summary: The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) State and Local Assistance Program, and the Large County and Municipality Recreation and Parks Account (Urban Parks Account) provide matching grants to local governments for the acquisition and development of outdoor recreation areas and facilities.

II.     Discussion: Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants are made available to Texas local governments of greater than 500,000 in population for the acquisition and/or development of outdoor recreation sites.  Funds available include $830,000 from the LWCF, and $2,725,000 from the Urban Parks Account.  As of August 31, 2014 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department received 4 eligible Urban Outdoor applications requesting $3,555,000 in matching fund assistance.  Staff is recommending support of 4 projects in the amount of $3,555,000.

Exhibit A ranks the projects in descending order based on the scoring criteria adopted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

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

"Funding for 4 projects listed in Exhibit A in the amount of $3,555,000 is approved.”

Attachments – 1

  1. Exhibit A – Priority Listing

Commission Agenda Item No. 5
Exhibit A

# Score Applicant Name Project Name Total Project Cost Grant Request Cumulative
1 45 Fort Worth Northwest Community Park II $2,508,400.00 $1,000,000.00 $1,000,000.00
2 36 San Antonio Botanical Adventure Garden $3,561,000.00 $1,000,000.00 $2,000,000.00
3 31 Austin Colony District Park $2,250,000.00 $725,000.00 $2,725,000.00
4 30 Houston Busby Park $2,035,000 $830,000.00 $3,555,000.00
Totals $10,354,400.00 $3,555,000.00