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TPWD News Release — Jan. 29, 2007

TPW Commission Awards $2.74 Million in Local Park Grants

AUSTIN, Texas — Almost $5 million in grant monies will be awarded to 14 Texas communities for indoor and outdoor recreation projects as a result of today’s action by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The only indoor recreation grant approved for funding was for $375,000 from the Texas Recreation and Parks Account program to the City of Hempstead. The matching grant will help fund construction of a 9,100-square-foot recreation center in the east part of the city.

The Hempstead project was one of seven projects eligible for indoor recreation funding by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The funds come from $835,126 appropriated by the Texas Legislature for the 2006-2007 biennium. In order to make indoor grant funding available for both years of the biennium, $417,563 (half of the appropriated amount) will be made available in grants each year.

At its Thursday meeting, the commission also approved $4.5 million in matching funds for 13 communities to acquire and develop outdoor recreation sites. The funding pool included FY2007 TRPA revenues and previous Land and Water Conservation Fund (National Park Service) monies received by Texas to help provide basic outdoor public recreation facilities.

The top projects selected by TPWD staff from those submitted by 32 sponsors were based on a competitive scoring system taking into account site visits and project analyses. For more information on local park grants, contact TPWD’s Recreation Grants Program at (512) 912-7124.

The Commission awarded outdoor recreation grants for projects in the following amounts:

The matching local indoor and outdoor recreation grants come from the TPRA and LCWF funds. The TRPA program was authorized in 1993 to assist local political subdivisions in Texas in providing basic public recreation facilities. TRPA revenue is derived from a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods, is dedicated solely for park funding and does not come from funds earmarked for hunting and fishing purposes.

* Correction, Jan. 29, 2007: The original version of this news release incorrectly listed a grant to the City of Dickens. The grant was awarded to the City of Anthony. (Return to corrected item.)