Jun. 10—The city of Fate recently received a grant to help develop a local park.
The grant issued in late May from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission was among more than
$21.6 Million awarded to Texas communities.
The competitive local park grants are designed to help fund projects that will create and enhance outdoor recreational opportunities like nature trails, native gardens, playgrounds, splash pads, dog parks and sports fields at 38 community parks state-wide.
The city of Fate was the recipient of a $150,000 small community grant for the park adjacent to Harry Herndon Elementary School. Proposed development and renovations include a tennis/pickleball court, basketball court and ADA ramp and trail from the parking lot.
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 local units of government having populations exceeding 500,000, with projects in five 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 21 communities. The Small Community Recreation Grants are for park projects in towns of less than 20,000 and were awarded to 12 communities.