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League City seeks grant to transform park

October 11, 2018

League City is applying to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a $300,000 grant to help the city to make major improvements to one of its oldest parks.The funds would go toward work at the 1.8-acre Bayridge Park, located off FM 1266 on Mariner Drive, which is one of 15 developed parks in the city.The improvements would include the replacement of the playground with one accessible to those with disabilities and installation of a larger, replacement pavilion. The money also would go to build a walking trail with benches and fountains and to improve landscaping and infrastructure.The city had initially set aside $100,000 in 2017 to repair the roof of the existing pavilion, repair and paint playground equipment, and install a new fence.“That was the original (community improvement project) budget in 2017, but the park board moved this park to the top of the list of parks to be considered for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department grants,” Parks Director Chien Wei said.The city submitted its application for the grant on Oct. 1 and should know by the end of March if the grant will be provided.Throughout September, residents provided input on proposed changes to the park via an online survey on the city website and several of its other social media outlets.The survey allowed residents to help the city decide which projects should be prioritized. Other possible options residents could consider for Bayridge include replacing the baseball field with another facility or facilities, resurfacing the basketball court to be a multipurpose area and installing courts for horseshoes and the cornhole lawn game.Bayridge Park was dedicated as a public park in 1978, and over the years, the playground was added, the basketball court has been resurfaced, and repairs have been made to the backstop and fence of the baseball field.In a Parks, Trails, and Open Space Master Plan approved by City Council in November, improvements to Bayridge Park were listed as an “immediate need” to be implemented within five years.According to Wei, if the grant is not funded the city could use the $100,000 only as originally planned or it could find other sources of money for improvements and apply again in 2019.yorozco@hcnonline.com

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