LCRA, Bluebonnet Electric Co-op award $9,730 grant for Bastrop pickleball court lights firefighters

Energy-efficient lighting will make it easier, safer for participants to play rapidly growing sport

June 7, 2023

LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $9,730 grant to the Bastrop Area Pickleball Association for new lighting at its courts. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. In the front row, pictured from left to right, are: Tony Laurenzi, association board member; Dani Moss, association fundraising officer; Holly Howard, association secretary; Rick Arnic, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Robert “Bobby” Lewis and Margaret D. “Meg” Voelter, LCRA Board members; Josh Coy, Bluebonnet community representative, Bastrop area; Susan Parker, association executive director; Gary Moss, association president; and Terry Moore, City of Bastrop recreation manager. Back row, from left: Madeline Eden, association treasurer; Jimmy Crouch, Bastrop City Council member and association member; Chris Harris, association board member; Craig Braddock, association member; Becki Womble, Bastrop Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; and Bob Dacy and Mark Mowery, association members.

BASTROP, Texas – The Bastrop Area Pickleball Association will replace outdated lighting at its courts with energy-efficient LED lighting with the help of a grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. The $9,730 Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $4,300 in matching funds from the association, will be used to replace 30-year-old lighting that limits visibility and sometimes makes it difficult for players to see activity on the court. The improved lighting has become increasingly needed as more people play later in the day after school or work, said Gary Moss, president of the Bastrop Area Pickleball Association. The facility has 10 courts and is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Pickleball, which combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong, is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and is popular with players of all ages. The game has a smaller court and doesn’t require quite as much running as tennis. “We had a game recently that was a 70-year-old grandfather, a 40-year-old dad, a 38-year-old mom, and a 9-year-old son,” Moss said. “And they were really playing – not playing around, really competing.” Moss said competition isn’t the only reason the facility has become so popular. He said pickleball also is a great way for visitors to socialize, chatting and getting to know one another as they wait for their next match. In just over a year, membership in the Bastrop Area Pickleball Association has grown from only a few members to more than 300. With the new lighting, the group sees an opportunity to host large weekend tournaments, drawing in visitors from around the region and providing economic benefits for the community. Moss said he and other volunteers, with the help of sponsors, have helped transform older seldom-used tennis courts into the popular pickleball facility by removing weeds, replacing cracked concrete, and working on new fences. “We have a lot of great people who work hard and play hard,” Moss said. “We’ve really turned this into a spectacular thing.” The group offers a $200 annual membership for unlimited play, and offers no-cost memberships to those aged 18 and under and low-income families. 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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