LCRA awards $25,000 grant for new restrooms in Kingsland Community Park

Grant will replace structures damaged in October 2018 floods

Dec. 11, 2019

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LCRA representatives present a $25,000 grant to the Kingsland Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce for the construction of new public restrooms at Kingsland Community Park. The grant is part of LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Melody Yanniell, chamber vice president; Margaret D. "Meg" Voelter, LCRA Board member; Paul Danna, chamber board member; Nancy Eckert Yeary, LCRA Board member; Derek Timmons, chamber facilities committee chairman; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board member; Walt Harris, chamber treasurer; Mina Martin, chamber director; Maegan Reitan, chamber volunteer; and Susan Patten, LCRA Regional Affairs representative.

KINGSLAND, Texas – The Kingsland Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce will construct new public restrooms at Kingsland Community Park, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.

The grant, combined with $19,855 in matching funds, will replace restrooms heavily damaged during flooding in October 2018.

Visitors use the park to swim, launch boats, picnic and host gatherings in the pavilion. As the only public park in the area with lake access, the popular park draws visitors from Llano and Burnet counties, as well as “winter Texans” who live in the area part time.

“The flood and subsequent use of the park in flood-recovery efforts damaged the restrooms beyond repair and included damage to underground plumbing,” said Derek Timmons, the Chamber’s facilities committee chairman. “Most of the park has already been repaired. The restrooms are the final step in providing a fully functional park for residents and visitors.”

The park is not funded through taxes, and park improvements are the chamber’s responsibility.

“The park was donated to the community over 50 years ago, but without any source of income from county or state funding,” Timmons said. “It has been difficult over the years to keep the park maintained and updated.”

The park is open to the public year-round, and hosts large crowds during events such as AquaBoom, held over the Fourth of July holiday.

“Thank you to LCRA,” Timmons said. “This is the only public park in this part of Llano County, and this grant will ensure a functioning park for years to come.”

The community grant is awarded 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.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted Jan. 1-31, 2020. More information is available at lcra.org/cdpp.

About LCRA
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.

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