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Media Contact: Tom Harvey, 512-389-4453, tom.harvey@tpwd.texas.gov

Feb. 2, 2004

TPW Commission Awards Almost $7 Million in Grants

AUSTIN, Texas –The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $6,726,082 in grants Jan. 29 for Outdoor Recreation, Indoor Recreation and Boat Ramp projects, benefiting 14 communities across the state.

Money for the outdoor and indoor grant programs comes from the Texas Recreation and Parks Account, authorized in 1993 and funded by a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods to help local governments provide public recreation facilities. Grant recipients must cover half the cost of the projects.

For Outdoor Recreation grants, TPWD was able to approve 10 of 30 applications for a total of $4,827,582 in matching funds (see outdoor grants listed at bottom below).

For Indoor Recreation Grants, 11 applicants vied for $637,500 in available funds, and the Palmview Recreation Center in Hidalgo Country was awarded a grant to construct a 25,000-square foot recreation center. Proposed development includes a gymnasium, stage, weight room, dance studio, recreational room, pool room, library, arts and crafts room, aerobics room, martial arts room, nature lab, kitchen, restrooms, storage rooms, patio, landscaping, area lights, utilities, rain harvesting and solar equipment, interpretive signs, and project signs. The local match consists of Hidalgo County Community Development Block Grant funds. Only one indoor grant project could be funded this year because of recently imposed budget limitations.

For Boat Ramp grants, recipients must cover 25 percent of the project cost and TPWD received three applications. The State Boat Ramp Program was authorized in 1975 and provides funds to purchase, construct and maintain boat ramps, access roads and related improvements, including capital improvements to existing state boat ramp sites. The program receives funding from two sources: the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, also known as the Wallop-Breaux Program, and the State Game, Fish and Water Safety Fund, which is funded in part by boat registration and titling fees.

The City of Corpus Christi will receive a 75 percent matching share grant in the amount of $500,000 for the construction of a 3-lane boat ramp to replace an existing boat ramp. The ramp will be located at Cooper’s Alley L-head in Corpus Christi Marina on South Shoreline Boulevard.

Aransas County Navigation District Number 1 will receive a matching grant in the amount of $500,000 for the construction of a 1-lane boat ramp, breakwater, courtesy dock and bulkhead. The boat ramp will be located in Fulton Beach Park in the City of Fulton on Aransas Bay.

Island Moorings Marina will receive a $261,000 matching grant for a dredging project in the Piper Channel. This 4000 foot-long boat passage located in Nueces County near Port Aransas connecting the Island Moorings subdivision and Island Moorings Marina to the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Erosion caused by tropical storms and large barge traffic on the ship channel has effectively blocked Piper Channel. To solve the problem, the City of Port Aransas has agreed to build a retaining wall along a critical section of the Ship Channel and the mouth of Piper Channel. The Texas General Land Office has funded a project to place geo-tubes along the sides of Piper Channel. Federal funding assistance through the Boating Access program is requested to fund a portion of the dredging of Piper Channel. The project will be financed by the Island Moorings Marina, which will be responsible for the 25 percent local match.

Outdoor Recreation Grant recipients include the following:

Information about TPWD grant opportunities, application forms and deadlines is on the department Internet site (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/grants/). Or, phone the Recreation Grants Branch at (512) 912-7124.

SA 2004-02-02


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