New Braunfels’ Fischer Park selected as winner of Niagara Perk Your Park contest

The grant funding will be used to expand access to parts of the park that were not previously used as public space. (Courtesy New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department)
The grant funding will be used to expand access to parts of the park that were not previously used as public space. (Courtesy New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department)

The grant funding will be used to expand access to parts of the park that were not previously used as public space. (Courtesy New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department)

Fischer Park in New Braunfels has been selected as one of two winning projects in the 2021 Niagara Perk Your Park Contest, according to an Oct. 20 press release.

The contest, which was hosted by Niagara Bottling in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, will provide the park with a renovation worth $90,000.

Fischer Park was selected as one of six finalists in the competition Sept. 1, and individuals voted for their favorite projects online once per day through September.

“We’re thrilled to support this nature-based play project in New Braunfels,” Niagra Cares Director Kristen Venick said in the release. “It was exciting to see the community come together to vote for this project and we look forward to the enhancement of Fischer Park.”

Through the grant, park officials plan to create direct public access to the park’s 30 acres of restored Blackland Prairie and connect into the park’s Enchanted Forest, a wooded area that has not been formally converted into a public space.


Funding will also be used to help continue the park’s restoration work to balance the urban forest, increase the tree canopy and improve local wildlife habitats.

“We are so excited to receive this funding from Niagara to improve Fischer Park,” said Stacey Dicke, New Braunfels parks and recreation director, in the release. “We are thankful for the community support throughout the contest. We know our residents love Fischer Park, and now there will be even more to love thanks to this grant.”
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.