$2.9 Million in Boat Ramp Grants Approved by TPW Commission

Astin, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission today
approved $2,922,255 to fund 13 boat ramp repair and renovation
projects around the state. A total of 16 boat ramp grant
applications requesting a total of $4,914,244 in matching funds
were received.

The State Boating Access Program was authorized in 1975 by the
64th Legislature. The program provides funds for the purchase,
construction, renovation and maintenance of boat ramps, access
roads and other related facilities to improve public recreational
boating access to public waters. The program receives funding from
the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, also known as the
Wallop-Breaux Program. Fifteen percent of the state’s annual
apportionment from the federal Wallop-Breaux Program must be used
to provide public access for motor boating facilities. Construction
for approved projects is supported on a 75 percent (federal), 25
percent (local).

Based on project review and analyses, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department staff recommended focusing available funding toward
project elements that directly address public boating access
improvements. Funding for support facilities such as pavilions and
restrooms was not recommended at Wednesday’s meeting. As a result,
13 of 16 submitted projects are recommended for funding though most
projects are awarded fewer grant funds than requested. Three
projects are not recommended for funding at this time and will be
held over for future funding cycles. The projects have been ranked
in descending order of priority.

All facilities will be operated and maintained by the local
government sponsors.

City of Aransas Pass

The City of Aransas Pass requested a 75 percent matching share
grant in the amount of $334,500 to improve and expand a two-lane
boat ramp by adding another two-lane ramp, expanding the courtesy
dock, improving the parking area, constructing a pavilion, and
adding new lighting and signing. The facility provides public
boating access to the Intracoastal Waterway and Redfish Bay.
Funding to support construction of the pavilion was not recommended
at this time. The commission approved matching funds in the amount
of $267,750.

City of Corpus Christi

The City of Corpus Christi requested a 75 percent matching share
grant in the amount of $500,000 to renovate/improve a two-lane boat
ramp known as Billing’s Boat Ramp, improve an access road, the
parking area, utilities, a courtesy dock, bulkhead and signs. The
facility provides public boating access to Laguna Madre and the
Intracoastal Waterway. The Commission approved $500,000 in matching
funds.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

TPWD’s State Parks Division requested a 75 percent matching
share grant in the amount of $78,750 to improve two one-lane boat
ramps, new courtesy docks, dredging and signs. The facility
provides public boating access to Fairfield Lake. The Commission
approved $78,750 in matching funds.

Brazos River Authority

The Brazos River Authority requested a 75 percent matching share
grant in the amount of $82,500 for renovation of two boat ramps and
bulkheads, new courtesy docks, lighting and signs. The facility
provides public boating access to Possum Kingdom Lake. The
Commission approved $82,500 in matching funds.

Somervell County Water District

The Somervell County Water District requested a 75 percent
matching share grant in the amount of $450,000 to construct a new
two-lane boat ramp, courtesy docks, restroom, fish cleaning
station, parking area, access drive, bulkheads and dredging on
newly-constructed Wheeler Branch Reservoir near the City of Glen
Rose. Funding to construct a restroom and fish cleaning station at
the site was not recommended. The Commission approved $363,750 in
matching funds.

City of Austin

The City of Austin requested a 75 percent matching share grant
in the amount of $157,500 for renovation of a four-lane boat ramp
and restroom, parking lot, and construction of an Americans with
Disabilities Act-compliant walkway. The facility provides public
boating access to Lake Walter E. Long. Funding to renovate a
restroom at the site was not recommended at this time. The
Commission approved $99,000 in matching funds.

City of Abilene

The City of Abilene requested a 75 percent matching share grant
in the amount of $499,875 for renovation of boat ramps, a new
restroom, a wave attenuator, a fish cleaning station, picnic
tables, utilities, signs, and to resurface a parking lot. The
facility provides public boating access to Lake Fort Phantom Hill.
Funding to construct a restroom and fish cleaning station at the
site was not recommended at this time. The Commission approved
$331,884 in matching funds.

Brazoria County

Brazoria County requested a 75 percent matching share grant in
the amount of $27,900 to repair three separate boat ramps, along
with courtesy docks, bulkheads, and erosion control. The three
public ramps are located on the San Bernard River, Chocolate Bayou
and Hall’s Bayou. The facilities were damaged during storm surges
in the 2008 hurricane season. The Commission approved $27,900 in
matching funds.

City of Brady

The City of Brady requested a 75 percent matching share grant in
the amount of $348,645 for construction of a new restroom and
repairs to the marina, boat ramp and courtesy dock. The facility
provides public boating access to Lake Brady. Funding to construct
a restroom at the site was not recommended at this time, and grant
funding for marina facilities is not eligible under federal
guidelines. The commission approved $54,600 in matching funds.

City of Cottonwood Shores

The City of Cottonwood Shores requested a 75 percent matching
share grant in the amount of $180,000 for construction of a new
boat ramp, parking area, access road, restroom, courtesy docks,
landscaping, lighting and signs. The facility provides public
boating access to Lake Marble Falls. Funding to construct a
restroom at the site was not recommended at this time. The
Commission approved $142,170 in matching funds.

Muenster Water District

The Muenster Water District requested a 75 percent matching
share grant in the amount of $472,717 for construction of a new
two-lane boat ramp, parking lot, access road, restroom, courtesy
dock, and signs. Funding to construct a restroom at the site was
not recommended at this time. The Commission approved $443,880 in
matching funds.

City of Lake Dallas

The City of Lake Dallas requested a 75 percent matching share
grant in the amount of $500,000 for construction of a new boat
ramp, parking lot, access road, a restroom, walkways, lighting and
signs. Funding to construct a restroom at the site was not
recommended at this time. The Commission approved $258,772 in
matching funds.

City of Grapevine

The City of Grapevine requested a 75 percent matching share
grant in the amount of $500,000 for construction of a new two-lane
boat ramp, courtesy dock, access drive, restroom and walkways. The
facility will provide public boating access to Lake Grapevine.
Funding to construct a restroom at the site was not recommended at
this time. The Commission approved $271,299 in matching funds

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