The following story is courtesy of Lower Colorado River Authority.
A $22,235 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Pedernales Electric Cooperative will help the City of Cottonwood Shores replace playground equipment and make other improvements at a city park.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $7,405 in matching funds, will pay for much-needed improvements at Aspen Park in Cottonwood Shores.
Andrea Stephens, chairman of the city’s Parks and Recreation Committee, said the park’s playground equipment will be replaced and moved farther from an existing road, making the playground safer for visitors.
Other improvements will include adding new mulch to the playground, repairing a fence and picnic tables, enlarging a parking lot and reworking a sidewalk to make it accessible to people with disabilities. Since Aspen Park also has a basketball court and outdoor fitness equipment, the new playground equipment for 5- to 12-year-olds will make the park appeal to a wider age range of people, Stephens said.
“This grant gives us a huge start on this project,” Stephens said. “Without the grant, I don’t think there was a chance for us to bring it to fruition. I think it’s just a catalyst for what can be done with Aspen Park. This project gives us the potential to add to the park in the years ahead.
“These changes will make a much more beautiful Cottonwood Shores,” she said.
The community grant is one of 25 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. Pedernales Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in July. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.
The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; providing a clean, reliable water supply; and offering outdoor adventures at more than 40 parks along the Colorado River from the Texas Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to fulfilling our mission to enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 and receives no state appropriations. For more information, visit lcra.org.