City of Rockwall awarded grant to construct neighborhood park

(ROCKWALL, TX – August 20, 2015) The City of Rockwall was recently awarded a $400,000 grant by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission to assist in constructing a new neighborhood park in the Breezy Hill development. The city’s proposal, the second highest scoring project, was one of 10 selected for grants out of 22 applicants.

Assistant City Manager Brad Griggs, who is also the Director of Parks and Recreation, thanked the Rockwall City Council and several other local elected officials for their collective efforts in supporting resolutions to the past four State of Texas legislative sessions for the restoration and full funding of the Texas Recreation and Parks Account (TRPA). Source of funds for the TRPA is sales tax collected on sporting goods in Texas, which are the funds used for the local park grant program.
“We are honored to receive this grant for a new park,” said Mr. Griggs. “Six months ago, our grant application to TPWD was funded in the amount of $400,000 to construct the Park at Stone Creek. Council approved its site plan recently, and construction documents are being prepared, and the project should start in the spring of 2016.”
The developer of Breezy Hill had dedicated land and paid pro-rata equipment fees in accordance with the city’s mandatory parkland dedication ordinance. He had also agreed to build trails within the development according to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan. There are 28 acres of land dedication, $210,000 of trail construction commitments and $80,000 of pro-rata equipment fees paid by the developer to be used with the $400,000 in grant funds for the Breezy Hill neighborhood park.

 “These two neighborhood parks will contribute to the already high quality of life and provide the residents of our community the opportunity to play, exercise and create lasting family memories for many years to come.  Rockwall residents have consistently ranked parks as a very high priority, and our City Council and Park Board have created the opportunity to add more than 40 acres of park land for these two additional neighborhood parks,” said Mr. Griggs.

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