AUSTIN— On Wednesday, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved just over $16 million in competitive local park grants to help fund projects that will create and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities.
El Paso is the recipient of a $1 million dollar urban outdoor recreation grant for its all-inclusive playgrounds project.
Proposed developments include renovation to all playground equipment to create new all-abilities play opportunities at Northeast Regional Park, Eastside Regional Park and J.P. Shawver Park.
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 four 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 17 communities. The Small Community Recreation Grants are for park projects in towns of less than 20,000 and were awarded to 13 communities.
Additionally, grants were awarded to two communities for Urban Indoor Recreation Grants and two communities received Non-Urban Indoor Recreation Grants.
Across the state, nature trails, native gardens, playgrounds, splash pads, dog parks and sports fields at 38 community parks were funded by the grants.
For more information about the local park grants program, visit the TPWD local park grants page.