|(a) Program purpose and priorities. All grant applications
submitted to the department for indoor recreation programs are evaluated
for program eligibility and prioritized according to the Project Priority
Scoring System set forth in this section. Scored applications are
presented to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for approval.
The priority ranking of a project depends on its score in relation
to the scores of other projects under consideration. Funding of projects
will depend on the availability of TRPA funds. Projects which have
not been approved after two considerations by the commission, without
alterations to significantly raise the project score, shall be returned
to the applicant and not accepted for resubmission. In general, recommended
priorities for indoor recreation projects are:
(1) to ensure applicant performance on active grants
and compliance at previously assisted grant sites;
(2) to recognize and reward local planning;
(3) to provide indoor recreational diversity;
(4) to improve geographic distribution of indoor recreation
(5) to reward local resources and cooperative efforts
between project applicants and other entities;
(6) to provide for the renovation or adaptive reuse
of existing, obsolete indoor recreation or other facilities or structures;
(7) to improve indoor recreation opportunities for
an underserved population according to the most recent federal census;
(8) to promote sustainable park design and development;
(9) to support the department's Land and Water Resources
Conservation and Recreation Plan.
(b) Local master plan standard requirements. Minimum
master plan standards must be met to qualify for planning and priority
points. Local applicants may submit applications without having a
department-endorsed master plan; however, only those applicants that
have a department-endorsed park, recreation and open space master
plan will receive points for completing a local plan. In addition,
only proposals that address priority needs identified in endorsed
plans will receive priority points under the provisions of subsection
(c) of this section. Master plans must have been received in an approvable
format at least 60 days prior to the application submission deadline
at which time credit is sought. The following are minimum master plan
(1) Proof of adoption. The plan must be formally adopted
or otherwise endorsed by act or resolution of the applicable governing
body of the applicant, and the endorsement must be included with the
(2) Jurisdiction-wide scope. The plan must be complete,
comprehensive, and assess the entire jurisdiction area of the project
applicant. County plans must cover the entire county, and city or
district plans must cover the entire city or district. For large urban
areas, plans should cover the entire jurisdiction, and then break
the jurisdiction down into regions, sectors, precincts, districts,
etc., as appropriate. Master plans that contemplate service delivery
across more than one jurisdiction may be submitted by a local applicant,
with any necessary supplemental information, provided the plan has
been formally adopted or otherwise endorsed by act or resolution of
the applicable governing body of the applicant.
(3) Plan duration. Plans must specifically identify
the time period within which the goals and objectives of the plan
are to be carried out. The plan should cover a minimum ten-year period.
If a plan is more than five years old, a brief summary of plan accomplishments
to date, as well as applicable updates of demographics, goals and
objectives, standards, and maps must be provided to enable the department
to recognize and credit program progress. Any revision of priorities
other than an update of accomplishments must present a new priority
listing justified by additional public input. Plans older than 10
years will be considered obsolete and new plans will be required.
(4) Plan content. The following information should
be included in the document:
(B) goals and objectives;
(C) plan development process (discuss when the planning
process began, plan phases, public input received, survey/studies
conducted, committees and/or personnel involved, etc.);
(D) area/facility concepts and standards, including:
(i) population/area service and acreage goals;
(ii) "typical" park and facility standards; and
(iii) applicable local codes, ordinances, and other
requirements for community or neighborhood development;
(E) inventory of existing park, recreation and open
space areas and facilities (including schools);
(F) needs assessment and identification. Information
under this subparagraph shall be area/facility specific, and may include
basic support facilities/infrastructure which are critical to the
recreational experience. A discussion and identification of open space
needs in the master plan, or a separate open space plan, shall be
(G) prioritization of needs. Applicant shall include:
(i) separate priority lists for outdoor and indoor
(ii) if necessary, a map of all specific area(s) intended
for open space acquisition and preservation, identified as a need,
discussed, and prioritized, if desired;
(iii) where appropriate, a discussion of renovation/redevelopment
needs, which may be ranked as a priority; and
(iv) plan implementation recommendations, including
a timeline and discussion of resources for meeting priorities (must
identify and prioritize which needs are to be met, where and when).
Any revision of priorities other than an update of accomplishments
must present a new priority listing justified by additional public
(H) illustrations, maps, charts, surveys, etc.
(c) Indoor recreation project priority scoring system.
If the applicant is in full compliance at previously assisted grant
project sites and is progressing on schedule with all active grant
projects in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter, an
application will be scored and presented for award consideration.
If the applicant does not meet the requirements of this paragraph,
the application will not be scored or considered further. A project
proposal meeting the requirements of this paragraph shall be evaluated
(1) whether or not the applicant has a current department-endorsed
master plan on file at the time of application and the extent to which
the project will satisfy the priority indoor recreation needs identified
in the master plan required by this section, up to a total of 15 points.
(A) for having a current department-endorsed master
plan on file at the time of application submission 5 points;
(B) for satisfying 3 of the top 5 priority needs 10
(C) for satisfying 2 of the top 5 priority needs 6
(2) the extent to which the project will provide diversity
of public indoor recreation facilities or opportunities. Points shall
be awarded based on the number of indoor recreation facilities provided.
One point will be awarded for each type of recreation facility, up
to a maximum of 10 points, provided that each recreation element is
identified as a need in a locally adopted master plan or, if the applicant
does not have an adopted plan, by a documented public input process.
The department will not consider project elements that do not support
a recreational activity.
(3) the extent to which the project will improve geographic
distribution of public indoor recreation facilities. Maximum of 20
(A) project provides the first public indoor recreation
facility in the applicant's jurisdiction or intended service area:
20 points; or
(B) project provides significantly new and different
public indoor recreation facilities (other than school facilities)
in the applicant's jurisdiction or intended service area, based on
5 points per opportunity, provided the individual recreation elements
are identified as a need in a locally adopted master plan or, if the
applicant does not have an adopted plan, by a documented public input
process. Maximum of 15 points.
(4) the extent to which the project involves local
resources or documented cooperation between the applicant and other
public or private entities to provide public indoor recreation facilities
at the project site. Maximum of 20 points.
(A) project involves the contribution of resources,
including publicly owned non-parkland, from sources other than the
applicant, which serves as all or part of the applicant's matching
share of funds. Maximum of 15 points. Points shall be awarded on a
percentage basis, determined by dividing the total outside contribution
value by the total match and multiplying the result by 15.
(B) project includes documented contributions via the
applicant or outside resources above the 50% required match. Up to
five points will be awarded based on the following criteria: (Additional
Contribution Amount / Required Match) x 5.
(5) the extent to which the project provides for the
renovation or adaptive reuse of an existing facility, determined by
dividing the renovation cost by the total construction cost and multiplying
the result by 25. Maximum of 25 points.
(6) the extent to which the project improves public
indoor recreation opportunities for an underserved population, up
to a total of 12 points.
(A) project improves opportunities for low-income citizens:
determined by multiplying the percentage of population qualifying
as low-income by 5 and dividing by 100. Maximum of 5 points.
(B) project improves opportunities for minority citizens:
determined by multiplying the percentage of population qualifying
as minority by 5 and dividing by 100. Maximum of 5 points.
(C) project improves opportunities for the physically/mentally
challenged. Project provides park and recreation opportunities for
physically/mentally challenged citizens, which exceed the federal
and state required accessibility standards. 2 points.
(7) the extent to which the project promotes sustainable
park design and development Points shall be awarded based on how the
overall project embraces sustainable techniques in the design and
construction of the facility including but not limited to the diversity,
innovative nature and/or cost of the project elements, up to a maximum
of 10 points.
(8) the extent to which the project supports the department's
Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Plan).
Applicant must address how the project meets the goals of the Plan
in the proposal narrative. Up to a maximum of 5 points.
(9) applicant is in compliance with previously funded
projects. If applicant is not in compliance with existing grant obligations,
5 points will be deducted from the project score.
(10) a complete application was received by the application
deadline - 5 points will be awarded to the project score.