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TPWD News Release — April 11, 2005

TPW Commission Awards $1,309,463 in Boat Ramp Grants

AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved $1,309,463 on April 7 for four boat ramp grants across the state.

The State Boat Ramp Program, authorized in 1975 by the Texas Legislature, provides funds for the purchase, construction and maintenance of boat ramps, access roads and related improvements. Program funds may also be used for 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. Fifteen percent of the state’s annual apportionment from the federal Wallop-Breaux Program must be used to provide public access for motor boating facilities. Construction for new ramps is paid for on a 75 percent (state) 25 percent (local) basis.

The City of Granbury received a 75 percent matching share grant in the amount of $500,000 for construction of a three-lane boat ramp, parking lot and access drive, loading docks, restroom, fish cleaning station, dredging, and signs. The facility is located on Lake Granbury adjacent to U.S. Highway 377 in Granbury in Hood County.

The Aransas County Navigation District Number 1 received $258,443 in 75 percent matching funds to improve and expand the capacity of an existing four-lane boat ramp and parking area by constructing a second parking area, restroom, fish cleaning station, refurbish the existing ramp, and add video surveillance system. The facility is located on the North side of Cove Harbor in Rockport in Aransas County and provides recreational boating access to Aransas Bay.

The City of Childress received a 75 percent matching share grant in the amount of $139,833 for construction of a one-lane boat ramp, parking lot and access drive, courtesy dock, restroom, fish cleaning station, lighting, and signs. The facility is located on the Southwest side of Lake Childress six miles west of Childress in Childress County.

Ochiltree County received a 75 percent matching share grant in the amount of $411,187 for construction of a one-lane boat ramp, parking area, courtesy dock, retaining wall, lighting and signs. The facility is located on the South side of Lake Fryer in Wolf Creek County Park in Ochiltree County.

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