Public Meetings Planned for Local Park Grant Program
AUSTIN— The 83rd Legislature has restored approximately half of the Texas Recreation Parks Account (TRPA) and Large County & Municipality Recreation and Parks Account funding for the 2014-2015 biennium.
Funding will become available in 2014 for the Local Park Grant Program and for the Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP). As this is only a partial restoration, program rules such as award ceilings, scoring criteria and application deadlines need to be reviewed.
To assess the needs and desires of grant customers, TPWD’s planning a series of statewide public input meetings and an online customer survey. After the results of these inputs are obtained, TPWD staff will propose rule changes for adoption by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in early 2014, with a call for grant applicants subsequent.
Scheduled Public Meetings:
Wed., Oct. 2, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Noon) TPWD Headquarters 4200 Smith School Rd. Austin, Texas 78744 Google Map
Wed., Oct. 16, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Noon) Municipal Court and Theatre Building 1302 Center Street Deer Park, TX 77536 Google Map
Thurs., Oct. 17, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Quinta Mazatlan 600 Sunset Drive McAllen, TX 78503 Google Map
Tues., Oct. 22, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. The Summit 2975 Esplanade Grand Prairie, TX 75053 Google Map
Thurs., Oct. 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Noon) Sherwood Community Center 4819 N. Everglade Odessa, TX 79761 Google Map
The Urban Summit is for those who qualify under the Urban Recreation Grant guidelines, to include Dallas, Dallas County, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, El Paso, El Paso County, Austin, Travis County, San Antonio, Bexar County, Houston, Harris County, Hidalgo County, Collin County, Denton County and Fort Bend County.
Tues., Nov. 5, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. TPWD – Ed Werland Training Room 1340 Airport Commerce Drive Building 6, Suite 600B ** Austin, TX 78741 Google Map
**Please note that Building 6 is the last building toward the east side in the Airport Commerce Park complex.
Those unable to attend the public meetings will have the opportunity to participate in an online survey which will be made available late October or early November.
To stay current on the progress of the restoration of our grant the public may to visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/grants/ or subscribe to our newsletter: rec [dot] grants [at] tpwd [dot] texas [dot] gov