LCRA, City of Luling award $50,000 grant for park upgrades
Longer Park improvements will include new lighting, playground equipment and picnic setups
May 12, 2020
LULING, Texas – Historic Longer Park will receive important improvements that will make the park safer and more inviting, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and the City of Luling.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with nearly $20,000 in matching funds, will enable the community group Play 1st to make a number of improvements to the park, including providing energy-efficient lighting to help maintain a safe environment in the play and walking trail areas. New playground equipment will replace unsafe or outdated play structures, and new picnic tables and benches will help to create an inviting atmosphere throughout the park, said Play 1st President Shelly Moore.
Play 1st is a group of Luling community members dedicated to enhancing Luling parks to add to the quality of life and continue to attract new residents to town. By working to improve the parks, the group tries to inspire a healthier community while reducing the costs of parks to local government.
“We’re a small town and probably on the brink of a lot of growth coming our way,” Moore said. “We have a lot of families moving to town and a large population of youths, and we need to be able to offer these amenities.”
Moore said Longer Park is a popular spot partly because it offers one of few public playgrounds in the area. Some of the equipment in the park is more than 40 years old, and is no longer safe for children.
“Young people are there already, and we want to build the foundation for them to be able to follow their instincts and imaginations, and explore,” Moore said.
The park is centrally located near shopping spots and schools, and is a popular location for community events and other gatherings, she said. In addition to providing a fun, safe park for Luling residents, the project has regional importance because people from surrounding rural areas visit the park frequently.
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.