LCRA awards $25,000 grant for sports complex upgrades
New restrooms, concession stand will enhance Schulenburg youth facility
Nov. 20, 2020
SCHULENBURG, Texas – With the help of a $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority, the City of Schulenburg will soon add additional restrooms and a second concession stand at its youth sports complex, which is home to five fields for baseball or softball.
Schulenburg City Administrator Tami Walker said as the city increases its efforts to bring more regional tournaments to the sports complex, the need has grown for an additional concession stand and permanent restrooms adjacent to Field No. 5.
The city will pair the Community Development Partnership Program grant with matching funds of $240,992 to construct a roughly 700-square-foot building to house permanent restrooms, the new concession stand and a storage room for sports equipment. The building will be flanked by a covered porch with seating, expanding the useable space to 1,820 square feet, Walker said.
The complex’s new restrooms will be open and accessible to the public year-round.
Built about 30 years ago, the sports complex occupies what was formerly Schonest Welt Park. The project had been on the city’s wish list for several years, and Walker said the $25,000 Community Development Partnership Program grant will help ensure its completion.
“This addition will strengthen the connection of players and spectators to our sports complex,” she said.
Noting that the German phrase “schonest welt” translates into “beautiful world,” Walker said the improvements near Field No. 5 “will help create a beautiful facility for all to enjoy and help improve the health and well-being of our city.”
“It’s been a while since the city put in a project for a CDPP grant,” she said. “We thought it was time to take a leap and see what the outcome would be. The LCRA funds will certainly help us accomplish our goal.”
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 Schulenburg 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.