LCRA awards $25,000 grant for new playground at Welhausen Park
New equipment designed for young children will add to park amenities
Dec. 1, 2020
SHINER, Texas – The City of Shiner will install a new playground for preschool-aged children at Welhausen Park, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $8,565 in matching funds, will help fund an enclosed and gated playground with equipment specifically designed for children up to 5 years old. The playground will have climbing equipment, a slide and bongo drums.
“The park is in the center of the city, has ample street parking and is easily accessible to parents with strollers to take their children, which is why we chose this park,” said Michael Ulbig, director of Shiner Public Works. “I had been interested in building the playground for a while and was considering making room in the city’s 2021 budget to make it happen. The LCRA grant helped move the project forward.”
The 30-foot by 30-foot fenced playground will have rubber flooring to protect against falls and will provide seating for adults. It will be shaded by trees and will be built near the existing playground for older children.
“I noticed parents and grandparents who took toddlers to the park would have to follow them around to keep them from picking up things off the ground, or they had to put toddlers on playsets that were designed for older children,” he said. “The new playground will help solve these problems. It will be kept clean and have playsets designed with toddlers in mind.”
The park is open to the public seven days a week year-round and serves a population of more than 2,000 in Shiner and the surrounding area.
The community grant is one of 27 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. The City of Shiner 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 January. 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.