LCRA, City of La Grange award $50,000 grant to Fayette County
New tourism office, public restrooms will welcome visitors to downtown La Grange
Nov. 20, 2020
LA GRANGE, Texas – A $50,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of La Grange will help Fayette County build a tourism office and public restrooms at Founders Park in downtown La Grange.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with about $200,000 in matching funds, will help enclose an outdoor area in the town square for the new facilities.
“This is a shot in the arm for La Grange,” said Joe Weber, Fayette County judge. “These facilities are much needed to serve the community and visitors. People come from all over to see the county courthouse, which was built in 1891 and is a treasure here in state of Texas.
“They tour the old sheriff’s jail across from the courthouse, which is now a Texas historic site,” he said. “Visitors shop on Main Street, and new businesses and shops are coming in.”
Weber said the new tourism office will help promote all Fayette County has to offer.
“This is truly a community project,” Weber said. “The centralized new office will be set up to
encourage tourism and economic development in Fayette County. People can go there to find information about starting a business, moving here or just visiting. It will be a place where we can coordinate and communicate with all the chambers of commerce in the county.”
Weber said that public restrooms have been needed in downtown La Grange for quite a while, as most shops around the square do not provide visitors access to their restrooms. Providing public restrooms also will help limit the number of people entering the courthouse just to use the facilities, preventing wear and tear on the historic structure. The courthouse also is implementing new security protocols that will limit the availability of its restrooms.
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 La Grange 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.