Grapevine, Lewisville and McKinney receive grants from Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for parks projects


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from the Grapevine Parks and Recreation Department.

The cities of Grapevine, Lewisville and McKinney are among the 38 Texas communities to receive a local park grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department announced March 20 it had awarded a total of $16.2 million in local park grants to communities across the state. These competitive grants help fund indoor and outdoor recreational projects. These projects are required to create or improve parks facilities, such as nature trails, playgrounds, dog parks, sports fields and more, a TPWD news statement said.

These grants are awarded contingent that the recipient much match the funds and put it toward the project. Once funded, all grant-assisted projects must be dedicated as parkland, properly maintained and open to the public, the statement said.

Settlers Park

Grapevine received a $500,000 grant for its Settlers Park project, which was recently renamed from Silver Lake Park, located across from the intersection of SH 26 and Bass Pro Drive. The grant is proposed to develop walking trails, nature trails, drainage improvements, boardwalks, a pavilion, terraced seating, picnic facilities, camping grounds, an overlook and a fishing pier.

The city of Grapevine intends to provide a variety of high-quality, nature-friendly outdoor recreational activities at Settlers Park such as: fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing stations, kayaking, etc. In addition, the new trails will connect to the over 67-mile city-wide trail system and link over 1,000 acres of park space.

“The development of Settlers Park addresses several current and future recreational needs for our citizens, including additional trails, fishing piers, and conservation of open space and natural areas,” said Kevin Mitchell, Director of Grapevine Parks and Recreation, in a news statement.

Valley Vista Nature Park

Lewisville is also receiving a $500,000 grant for its Valley Vista Nature Park project, located at corner of Valley Parkway and Corporate Drive across from Thrive, the city’s multigenerational center. The 23-acre park will include walking trails, nature trails, benches, picnic facilities, bird blinds, an outdoor classroom, playground, signage and furnishings.

“Valley Vista Nature Park has been designed to complement Thrive and give residents a small taste of the sense of discovery and adventure found at LLELA,” Parks and Recreation Director Stacie Anaya said in a news release. “We are excited to move this project forward and continue our pursuit of creating a thriving community through nature and play.”

Courts of McKinney

McKinney is receiving a $701,000 grant for indoor use for its Courts of McKinney project. The grant will help fund an indoor tennis facility, including six indoor courts that could also be used as pickleball courts.

“McKinney can create the premier public indoor facility in the region, and serve as a catalyst to grow sports tourism within the community and state,” Michael Kowski, director of the McKinney Parks and Recreation Department, said in an email. “Basically, with 23 outdoor courts and 6 indoor courts we can bid on practically any tournament in the country. When bidding on events such as large national or international tournaments we will be in a great position to secure these events because we can guarantee play with the indoor court option. Having a rain or shine presence puts us ahead of most other bidders. Finally, as pickleball grows at the regional- and national-level, we will also be well positioned to host tournaments of various scales.”

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Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.
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