KYLE – The possibilities for recreation on the east side of Kyle received a huge boost Thursday from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPW), which approved a $500,000 grant for development of the planned Plum Creek Preserve and Nature Trail.
The facility will include more than 300 acres of parkland, more than six miles of nature trails, two large lakes for fishing, wildlife viewing points, natural areas, picnic sites, open spaces and a wildflower meadow.
The park site runs along the Plum Creek Watershed from Goforth Road going east through Steeplechase Park, then across Lehman Road between the Four Season Farms development and the eastern edge of the Kyle city limits. All residential, commercial and school developments along the watershed will connect to the trail.
“I think congratulations are in order for everyone involved in our parks programs,” Kyle City Manager Tom Mattis said. “(Parks Director) Kerry (Urbanowicz), along with his staff, the parks board members, and a host of others have worked diligently to make this great amenity a reality for the residents of Kyle and northern Hays County.”
TPW considers applications for its Outdoor Recreation Local Park Grant Program twice per year. The grant carries with it a requirement for matching funds, with TPW matching up to $500,000. Kyle is using the value of the land to meet its required match.
“This is huge milestone in the development of the parks system for the City of Kyle,” Urbanowicz said. “The leisure opportunities that will be possible with this development will greatly enhance the quality of life for all of us here in Kyle.”
The state money comes from the Texas Recreation and Parks Account (TRPA), which generates its revenues from a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods.
TPW received 26 eligible applications requesting $10,981,571 in matching fund assistance. After visiting project sites, reviewing application packets and verifying matching funds, TPW staff scored the applications. In the end, TPW recommended only six projects for funding. TPW is funding those projects to a total of less than $3 million.
Kyle’s project took the third highest score, 88 out of a possible 100 points. Projects from Laredo and Cottonwood Shores scored higher. Other cities receiving TPW funds from this round were Abilene, Joshua and Dripping Springs.
With 100 being the highest possible score, the City of Kyle received an 88 for the Plum Creek Preserve & Nature Trail project. Kyle placed right behind projects in Laredo and Cottonwood Shores (near Marble Falls). The other towns receiving outdoor recreation grant approval during this meeting were Abilene, Joshua and Dripping Springs.
Mattis, Urbanowicz and Recreation Manager Krystal Loyd attended today’s TPW meeting on Kyle’s behalf.
(Editor’s note: This article has been revised to show that the park project involves 300 acres, rather than 300 miles.)Email | Print