REFUGIO – A splash park, bleachers for Little League, lighting for the girls softball field, playground equipment, multi-purpose court, jogging and bike trail, horse shoes/washer area and a covered pavilion were all on the Refugio City Council’s wish list Tuesday night, March 24.
The wish list came together during a public hearing with public input what to ask for in a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant that would benefit Refugio’s Heritage Park’s recreation needs.
In a related item, the council approved a resolution to apply for the grant.
“It’s an extremely competitive grant,” said Donna Johnson, representative from Grant Works Inc., the Austin company that will help with the application and the administration of the grant.
Johnson added the grant had limited funds available statewide.
She said the city would be required to match funds from the state, but could do so over two annual budget periods.
She added that the Refugio Little League committed $2,000 and a scoreboard toward the match, the Refugio Boys and Girls Club also has intentions to contribute as well as some Refugio families.
Johnson said those commitments shows community involvement, another requirement of the grant.
Another requirement was to introduce three new things to the park. She said the horseshoes, butterfly garden and splash park would satisfy that point.
“The big bulk would be the lights for the field and the pavilion near the Boys and Girls Club,” she said.
“If dollars are left over, then we can look into other activities.”
She estimated that the grant would mean about $150,000 to $180,000, and that the city would have to commit $30,000 to match the funds ($15,000 a year for two years).
Johnson said she has to turn in the application Friday, but said it was doable.
“It will be nine months to a year for awards,” she said. She added it would be two years before the projects were completed.
“Once we get the contract, then we’ll have to go through the whole process – competitive bids on this stuff,” she said.