FREDERICKSBURG, Texas – Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center will add an irrigation system and improve landscaping in the bird viewing area at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park thanks to a $1,717 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Fredericksburg.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $9,500 in matching funds, will enable the center to install an irrigation system that will help support native trees and shrubs in the bird viewing area of the park.
“Our priority this year was to upgrade our bird viewing area,” said Mary Ellen Terrell, board treasurer at Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center. “We added a large waterfall feature that is attracting birds we normally don’t see because they like the running water.”
The park is also attracting more guests as visitors to the historic town of Fredericksburg look to get outdoors and enjoy nature, Terrell said.
The bird viewing area is a popular stop along the park’s nature trail system, providing a place for visitors to watch and photograph birds. Signs within the bird blind provide information on bird identification and suggest ways visitors can create bird habitats on their own properties.
The center’s trails and nature stops are accessible every day at no cost to the public.
"We're really excited about the grant," Terrell said. "Because we're a volunteer organization, we rely on membership donations for all our projects. The LCRA grant will help us progress more quickly than we would have been able to without it."
The community grant is one of 28 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Fredericksburg is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted July 1-31. 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