LCRA, City of Luling award $25,000 grant to upgrade Luling Little League fields
Renovations will improve playing fields, install new safety netting
May 18, 2020
LULING, Texas – A $25,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Luling will help support a nearly quarter million dollar project to upgrade the baseball and softball complex used by Luling Little League.
Paired with matching funds of $212,500, the grant will pay for renovations to three playing fields, the installation of new safety netting to protect fans, the creation of a bullpen for pitchers and upgrades to warmup facilities.
Founded in 1974, Luling Little League offers instruction and competition in baseball and softball for players ages 4 to 16.
“This grant helps tremendously,” said Joshua Kimball, Luling Little League president. “Our league and our board members were super excited because it’s another one of our wish-list items, and we’re getting it completed for the kids.”
Kimball said the work will improve the turf and base paths that have become worn and uneven since the complex was completed at Edgar B. Davis Northside Park in 2001. The two fields used by younger athletes measure about 10,000 square feet apiece. The third field is used by high school-age players and covers about 19,000 square feet.
“We’ll take out all the grass, down to the roots, then add dirt and re-level it,” Kimball said. “Then we can start coming back with new sod and new dirt for the infields.”
The new safety netting will safeguard spectators watching games at the three fields and people visiting the concession stand.
“The new safety netting means a lot,” Kimball said. “You have grandparents who come to watch the games, and this netting will protect people who are sitting in the bleachers.”
Kimball said the improvements will help Luling Little League stage higher-level tournaments at the complex while also boosting the area’s economy.
“This will help us to host district tournaments and regional tournaments,” he said. “We’ll be able to pull teams from all over the state of Texas, possibly New Mexico and Louisiana, too.”
The community grant is one of 28 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA’s wholesale electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves. The City of Luling is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted July 1-31. 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.