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LAMPASAS COUNTY, Texas – An $11,351 grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Hamilton County Electric Cooperative will allow the Adamsville Community Center to install additional restrooms and outdoor covered areas.
The Community Development Partnership Program grant, along with $2,838 in matching funds, also will enable the center to add barbecue pits and additional seating in new covered areas outdoors.
The center, built in the 1940s as a venue for community activities, has been the site of parties, wedding showers, family reunions and memorials through the years. A one-room house on the property will house the new restroom facilities.
“The gentleman who donated the property to the community center lived in the one-room house,” said Sharon Watson, treasurer for the Adamsville Community Center. “It’s been vacant since he passed away. The house already has the foundation for us to build on, so it will be easy to convert it into a restroom area.”
The center is popular with both residents and people from surrounding communities. It is the only donation-based public meeting hall available in the area.
“We host an annual barbecue that brings in people from several of the communities nearby,” Watson said. “Some years, there have been more than 100 people in attendance. Having new restroom facilities will cut down on wait times.”
Watson said the grant also will make it possible for the center to host larger events in the future.
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. Hamilton County Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers and is a partner in the grant program.
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.