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PALACIOS, Texas – A $23,000 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority will help the City of Palacios renovate the gazebo, lighting and trellises in Main Street Park.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $5,875 in matching funds, will help the city repair structures that have fallen into disrepair and replace damaged lights with energy-efficient bulbs and new fixtures, increasing both day and evening recreational opportunities.
“People used to come and take wedding and family photos at the park before the gazebo and trellises were damaged by strong winds and hurricanes,” said Tammy McDonald, treasurer for the City of Palacios. “These places are the last to be addressed when you live on the coast and face constant hurricane damage.”
The City of Palacios has seen a recent influx of visitors, many of whom are interested in the outdoor activities the coastal community has to offer.
“Because we are a small town in a secluded area, we have had a lot of visitors wanting to get away from large city crowds during the pandemic,” McDonald said. “We’re also updating our downtown area. We hope these repairs will bring more visitors in the coming years.”
Main Street Park is located next to the city’s historic downtown, and is open to residents and visitors alike.
The community grant is one of 25 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission service areas. The program is part of LCRA’s effort to give back to the communities it serves.
Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in July. 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.