Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Awards $15.7 Million in Local Park Grants to Texas Communities

AUSTIN— The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved just over $15 million in competitive local park grants to help fund projects that will create and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities like nature trails, native gardens, playgrounds, splash pads, dog parks and sports fields at 30 community parks across the state.

The grants, allocated to local government entities, appropriate state and federal funding dedicated for the acquisition and/or development of public recreation areas and facilities in Texas on a 50/50 reimbursement match basis. Once funded, all grant-assisted sites must be dedicated as parkland in perpetuity, properly maintained and open to the public.

The commission, which administers the local park grants program for the state of Texas, awarded projects in various categories based on community population size and scope.

Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants are reserved for cities having populations exceeding 500,000, with projects in three communities receiving grants. The Non-Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants are dedicated to funding park projects in municipalities under 500,000 and the commission-approved awards to projects in 15 communities. The Small Community Recreation Grants are for park projects in towns of less than 20,000 and were awarded to 12 communities.

For more information about the local park grants program, visit the TPWD local park grants page.

The grant funds awarded are listed below by region:

Central Texas

The city of Belton is the recipient of a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Heritage Park at the Leon River project. Proposed developments include trails and facilities, dedicated open space, native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage, multi-purpose ballfield, dock, pavilion, dog park and a covered pier.

The city of Brenham will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Brenham Family Park project. Proposed developments include trails and facilities, native landscaping, picnic facilities, restrooms, a parking lot, road expansion and lake development.

The city of Luling will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its Edgar B. Davis Northside Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, exercise equipment, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, multipurpose ballfields and site furnishings.

The city of New Braunfels is the recipient of a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its New Braunfels Sports Complex project. Proposed developments include a playground, trails and facilities, multiple sports fields, dedicated open space, native landscaping, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, bird blinds, a pavilion, an amphitheater and site furnishings.

The city of Nolanville is the recipient of a $150,000 small community grant for its Monarch Park III project. Proposed developments include playground elements, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion, sports fields and courts, site furnishings, restrooms and a trail.

The city of San Saba will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its San Saba Mill Pond Park project. Proposed developments include a splash pad and signage.

The city of Taylor is the recipient of a $107,351 small community grant for its Percussion Park project. Proposed developments include musical playground equipment, native landscaping, a shade structure, trails and site furnishings.

Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

The city of Celina will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its Old Celina Park Signature Playground project. Proposed developments include a playground utilizing universal design.

The city of Cedar Hill’s Parks and Recreation Department will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Virginia Weaver Park project. Proposed developments include a pool, splash pad, and site furnishings.

The city of Comanche is the recipient of a $150,000 small community grant for its Swimming Pool Enhancements project. Proposed developments include swimming pool renovations and upgrades.

The city of Duncanville will receive a $749,805 non-urban outdoor grant for its Armstrong Park Kidsville and Splash Park project. Proposed developments include an all-inclusive playground, splash pad, picnic facilities, site furnishings and a shade structure.

The city of Fort Worth is the recipient of a $1,500,000 urban outdoor grant for its Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge project. Proposed developments include native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, site furnishings, restrooms, trails, a parking lot and a marshland boardwalk.

The city of Haltom City is the recipient of a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Broadway Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, splash pad, native landscaping, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion, sports seating and viewing areas, site furnishings, restrooms, trails, a parking lot and an open lawn area for general play.

The city of Mabank will receive a $141,266 small community grant for its Mabanks Veterans Memorial Park project. Proposed developments include an inclusive playground, exercise equipment, native landscaping, picnic facilities, tactile experience panels, maze, sign language and Braille signage, and other sports courts.

The city of The Colony is the recipient of a $400,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its West Shore Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, kayak launch, pavilion, site furnishings, shade structure, trails, a parking lot, pollinator habitats and an open lawn area for general play.

East Texas

The city of Buffalo will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its Harriman Park project. Proposed developments include an all-abilities playground with a perimeter fence, walking trail, butterfly gardens, native prairie restoration, pavilion, picnic facilities and erosion control.

The city of Center is the recipient of a $150,000 small community grant for its Perry Sampson Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, native landscaping, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion, site furnishings and a shade structure.

The city of Sulphur Springs will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Pacific Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, splash pad, exercise equipment, native landscaping, multi-purpose ballfield, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion, site furnishings, shade structure, lawn games, restrooms, trails, a parking lot, and an open lawn area for general play.

Houston

The city of Bayou Vista is the recipient of a $140,000 small community grant for its Bayscape Park project. Proposed developments include swimming pool renovations and upgrades.

The Clear Lake City Water Authority will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Exploration Green Phases 5 and 3b project. Proposed developments include bike trails and facilities, dedicated open space, native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage and a parking lot.

The Harris County Precinct will receive a $1,500,000 urban outdoor grant for its James Driver All-Inclusive Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, splash pad, exercise equipment, native landscaping, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, multi-purpose ballfield, pavilion, site furnishings, horseshoe and washer pits, lawn games, trails, a parking lot and other support facilities.

Panhandle

The city of Cactus is the recipient of a $400,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Cactus Park Improvements project. Proposed developments include a baseball field, volleyball court, other sports fields and courts, native landscaping, restrooms, concession stand and sepak takraw court.

The city of Littlefield will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its City of Littlefield Aquatic Center and Park project. Proposed developments include a swimming pool and aquatic complex.

The city of Post will receive a $150,000 small community grant for its City of Post Splash Pad project. Funds will support further development of City Park.

The city of Quitaque is the recipient of a $53,183 small community grant for its Quitaque City Park project. Proposed developments include a playground and pavilion.

Rio Grande Valley

The Cameron County Parks and Recreation Department will receive a $750,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Santa Rosa Community Park Improvements project. Proposed developments include a swimming pool, splash pad, native landscaping, basketball court, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, pavilion and trails.

The city of Edinburg is the recipient of a $606,617 non-urban outdoor grant for its Chapin Road Hike and Bike Trail project. Proposed developments include bike trails and facilities, native landscaping, site furnishings and a parking lot.

Hidalgo County will receive a $1,223,357 urban outdoor grant for its Sunflower Memorial Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, splash pad, exercise equipment, baseball field, softball field, basketball court, soccer field, picnic facilities, pavilion, site furnishings, shade structure, trails, a parking lot and other support facilities.

The city of Palmview will receive a $300,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Palmview Nature Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, trails and facilities, exercise equipment, dedicated open space, native landscaping, basketball court, picnic facilities and shade structures.

The city of Rio Hondo is the recipient of a $650,000 non-urban outdoor grant for its Rio Hondo Boat Ramp Park project. Proposed developments include a playground, exercise equipment, native landscaping, habitat restoration, interpretive signage, picnic facilities, kayak launch, bird blinds, dock, pavilion, restrooms and trails.

Bond Update: Lakeside Park Pavilion

The Lakeside Park Pavilion bond project has reached structural completion. Electrical, irrigation, and parking lot work remain. The estimated completion date for this bond project is January 2020, weather permitting. For more information about the Lakeside Park bond project please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 972-780-5070.

Lakeside Park Pavilion Timeline:

11/11/2019 – Construction started on the new Lakeside Park Pavilion bond project.

11/20/2019 – The foundation was poured this week.

12/05/2019 – The City logo and most of the pavilion support beams were installed

12/31/2019 – Concrete work was added to the support beams

12/07/2019 – The roof was installed this week.

Kidsville/Splashpad Community Input Meeting Recap

The City of Duncanville Parks and Recreation Advisory Board along with the Parks and Recreation Department wish to thank the approximately 35 residents that were present on October 17 for the Kidsville/Splashpad Community Input Meeting held at the D.L. Hopkins Jr. Senior Center. The preliminary schematic design plan for Kidsville and Splashpad was presented by Dunaway Associates and Playgrounds by Leathers. Questions and concerns were addressed and will continue to be reviewed in the planning process. Examples include shade, restrooms, security, fencing, and amenities such as benches and picnic stations. If you were unable to attend or have any further questions or concerns, please email parksandrec@duncanville.com.

View Schematic Design Plan

Rotary Park Parking Lot Complete

The first project from the 2018 Bond Program is finished! The Concrete Construction and Repair Crews completed construction of the new parking lot at Rotary Park in July. The new parking lot has 10 regular parking spaces and two ADA spaces, as well as two ADA ramps. To prevent erosion, improve safety and beautify the area, crews placed four pallets of sod and repaired the curb and gutter at the park. The parking lot is open for public use!

For more information, please contact the Parks and Recreation office at 972-780-4972.

 

 

Duncanville Saves Approximately $800K in Bond Sale Related to $21.6M November Election

On Tuesday, February 5, 2019 the Duncanville City Council approved the issuance of $20.735M in general obligation bonds at a rate of 3.12%, which is 3/10 of a percent lower than projected, saving the City approximately $800K over the life of the bonds. The bonds were sold at a premium, allowing for the City to realize the full $21.6M in project proceeds authorized by the citizens.  The bond issuance is a result of the November 2018 general election where Duncanville voters approved four bond propositions for various park, street, fire and facility projects. The low interest rate is credited to the City’s strong fiscal policies, experienced and stable city management, solid AA bond ratings and overall healthy local economy.

The rate is fixed over the life of the bond and represents a savings of approximately $40K per year as compared to projections. Funds are expected to be available in early March.

Kidsville/Splashpad Town Hall Recap

On January 24, approximately 50 residents attended the Town Hall meeting for the Kidsville/Splashpad projects at Armstrong Park. Overall the concept plan was well received by residents who attended. Several concerns and questions were raised that the City will continue to review and address in the planning process moving forward. Examples include shade, restrooms, security, and ancillary amenities such as water fountains and benches. The preliminary concept plan for Armstrong Park was shown at the meeting; however, the only projects currently funded are replacing Kidsville and adding a Splashpad. Future items will be constructed in phases as funding allows. The next step is for the concept plan to go before the Park Board for recommendation to City Council, possibly in March. Project updates will continue, and for questions please email parksandrec@duncanville.com.

Preliminary Concept Plan

2018 UNOFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS

CITY OF DUNCANVILLE

NOVEMBER 6, 2018

GENERAL AND JOINT ELECTION

 Conducted by the Dallas County Elections Department.  Nine election day polling places were utilized:  H Bob Daniel Sr Intermediate School, Duncanville Library, Duncanville’s First Baptist Church, Reed Middle School, Duncanville HS Performance Hall, Southwest Harvest Church, Central Elementary School, Fairmeadows Elementary School, and Northside Elementary School. Early voting was held at the Library/Community Center, 201 James Collins Blvd. – Barbara Lewis (Judge).

 

UNOFFICIAL CUMULATIVE RESULTS

                       Early Voting                           Total  Votes                               %

PROPOSITION A             

THE ISSUANCE OF $6,600,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR PARKS AND RECREATION FACILITIES

FOR:               7,000            FOR:               9,035            FOR:            74.03%

AGAINST:     2,540            AGAINST:    3,169            AGAINST:   25.97%

TOTAL           9,540                                    12,204                                100.00%

 

PROPOSITION B             

THE ISSUANCE OF $6,600,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR STREET IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDING SIDEWALK, ALLEY, AND OTHER TRAFFIC FLOW IMPROVEMENTS

FOR:            8,228            FOR:               10,539          FOR:                    85.67%

AGAINST:    1,397            AGAINST:      1,763          AGAINST:          14.33%

TOTAL         9,625                                       12,302                                    100.00%

 

PROPOSITION C                                          

THE ISSUANCE OF $6,000,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR FIRE FIGHTING FACILITIES

FOR:               8,139            FOR:            10,368          FOR:                     84.51%

AGAINST:    1,475            AGAINST:      1,901          AGAINST:          15.49%

TOTAL          9,614                                     12,269                                     100.00%

 

PROPOSITION D                                          

THE ISSUANCE OF $2,400,000 GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR REMODELING AND RENOVATING OF EXISTING MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS

FOR:               5,727            FOR:                 7,227            FOR:                    59.39%

AGAINST:    3,800            AGAINST:    4,942            AGAINST:          40.61%

TOTAL            9,527                                     12,169                                       100.00%

 

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Unofficial Cumulative Results PDF Version

City of Duncanville Elections Page

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