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TPWD News Release — Jan. 30, 2008

$5.85 Million in Local Park Grants Awarded to 15 Texas Communities

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Jan. 24 approved $5.85 million in grants for 15 Texas communities to acquire or develop city park outdoor and indoor recreational sites.

Commissioners approved $3.78 million in funds from the 2008 fiscal year Texas Recreation and Parks Account program revenue for outdoor grants. The amount was divided among 10 out of 19 eligible applicants based on site visits and analysis.

Since the Texas Legislature restored the appropriation for indoor grants for the 2008-2009 biennium, $2.07 million in funds also was available for indoor grants. This amount was divided among five out of eight eligible applicants.

The funding for the grants is provided in part by the TRPA, which dedicates a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods to help local governments provide indoor and outdoor recreation. The program was authorized in 1993. Outdoor recreation grants are additionally made available through the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund supported by offshore oil and gas lease royalties.

The top projects recommended by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff from those submitted by 27 sponsors were selected based on a competitive scoring system and ranked in descending order of priority. For more information on local park grants, including how to apply for funding, contact TPWD’s Recreation Grants Program at (512) 912-7124 or see the department Web site.

The commission awarded outdoor recreation grants to the following cities organized by county below:

The commission approved indoor recreation grants for projects in the following amounts:

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