LA GRANGE, Texas – The La Grange Little League will renovate the baseball field at White Rock Park to make important safety upgrades and prepare the field to host more teams, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of La Grange.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $10,177 in matching funds, will enable the league to make improvements that will accommodate new divisions, enabling more teams to play at the field and providing recreational opportunities for additional young people. The grant will also help the league improve safety at the park by scraping and replacing the infield, closing in baselines to help with maintenance, and building up home plate to keep it from retaining water.
“We really want to get this done to benefit the kids and the community by having more teams come here to play,” said Eric Tillery, La Grange Little League president. “We are the second most populous league in Texas East District 13, which includes Little League programs from 13 leagues. We offer both baseball and softball for boys and girls.”
The La Grange Little League has an average enrollment of 400 youth in the spring, and about 250 in the fall.
Tillery said the field improvements will give the league two fields to play multiple divisions and potentially host all-star tournaments.
“We’re very appreciative to receive the grant,” Tillery said. “Without it, our goal to improve and expand the field would have been delayed. It would have taken us several more years to raise the money because we don’t have the budget to do it alone.”
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 La Grange 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 lcra.org.