LCRA, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op award $15,000 grant for upgrades to Burton Park

St. John’s United Church of Christ will add playground equipment, fence to outdoor play area

June 15, 2023

Representatives from LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative present a $15,000 grant to St. John’s United Church of Christ in Burton for upgrades to an outdoor play area. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured in the front row, from left to right, are: Presley and Brinley Richard, church youth Sunday school members; Sierra Richard, church playground fundraising committee member; Everleigh Matthies and Hallie Lechler, church youth Sunday school members; Meghan Windham, church playground fundraising chair; Margaret D. “Meg” Voelter, LCRA Board member; Robert Mikeska, Bluebonnet director, District 7; Eleanor Jurica, church youth Sunday school member; Elizabeth Jurica, church playground fundraising committee member; Bridgette Jurica, church youth Sunday school member; and Christie Schroeder, church playground fundraising committee member. Back row, from left: Tracy Matthies, church member; Deloris Koehl, church playground fundraising committee member; Genna Lechler, church member; Betty Jo Rudloff, church playground fundraising committee member; Darrin Holub, pastor; and Kyle Merten, Bluebonnet community representative, Brenham area.
BURTON, Texas – An unfenced outdoor play area in Burton soon will get new playground equipment, a fence and a pavilion, thanks to a grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.

The $15,000 Community Development Partnership Program grant will enable the St. John’s Church of Christ to complete a group of projects totaling over $100,000 that will upgrade the play area for children on church property, while also providing a welcoming space for adults to gather and hold events.

The space has not been used much lately because it is not fenced and does not provide any shade. The project will add fencing and the new pavilion will provide shade to provide some relief from the Texas heat.

In addition, the project will enable the church to spruce up its current playground equipment, which is geared toward older children, and install new equipment that will be more accessible for younger children.

“The visionary phase for this happened around three years ago,” St. John’s Pastor Darrin Holub said. “It came about because we want to have a place for everyone. This is for people who live in Burton or visit Burton to come together and disconnect from technology.”

The project is important to the community because it will provide a nice, safe and centrally located park with easily accessible parking for visitors, Holub said. The playground will be open to the public seven days a week.

In addition to providing a place for children to play, the space is used for fundraisers, family reunions, Vacation Bible School, 4-H meetings and various celebrations, said Meghan Windham, St. John’s UCC playground fundraising chair.

“There is so much excitement around this,” Windham said. “And now with this grant, there is this feeling in the community that this is really going to happen – it’s not just a plan on paper now.”

The project will also include some landscaping, drainage and concrete work.

The community grant is one of 34 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. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative 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 July. More information is available at

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

About BluebonnetBluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves nearly 125,000 meters and owns and maintains 12,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.

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