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TITLE 31NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PART 2TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
CHAPTER 61DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
SUBCHAPTER EGUIDELINES FOR ADMINISTRATION OF TEXAS LOCAL PARKS, RECREATION, AND OPEN SPACE FUND PROGRAM
RULE §61.139Indoor Urban Park Grants Program

(a) Program purpose and priorities. All Urban Park Program Indoor Recreation Grant Program applications are evaluated for program eligibility and prioritized according to the Project Priority Scoring System set forth in this section. Multiple-site projects are allowed and will be scored as one project. Individual site scores will be weighted on a pro-rata share of the total project score. A project's priority ranking depends on its score in relation to the scores of other projects under consideration. Scored applications are presented to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission (Commission) for approval. Funding of projects will depend on the availability of funds.

(b) A project that has been considered twice by the Commission but not approved will not be considered again unless it has been significantly altered to raise the project score.

(c) Points will be awarded based on the compatibility of project elements with the scoring criteria in this subsection.

  (1) Development. Project proposes development of one or more of the following:

    (A) nature center that provides natural resource conservation or environmental education visitor experiences - (5 points);

    (B) multi-purpose recreation facilities - (1 point);

    (C) diverse recreation facilities within the applicant's jurisdiction - (one point will be awarded for each type of significant recreation opportunity, up to 3 points);

  (2) Restoration. Project provides for the renovation of existing recreation and conservation facilities that are no longer usable for the intended or original purpose (renewal or revival of existing facilities. Basic maintenance is not an eligible expense);

    (A) restoration of an existing structure. Points will be awarded based on percentage of the budget dedicated to restoration - (1-15 points);

    (B) adaptive reuse of existing structure or facility to provide new or different recreation opportunities (Points will be awarded based on the percentage of the budget dedicated to the adaptive reuse) - (1-10 points);

  (3) Underserved populations. Project provides for one or more of the following:

    (A) more equitable geographic distribution of facilities. Project proposal shall include a map showing the current distribution of parks in the entire service area to support a need in a particular location- (4 points);

    (B) project improves opportunities for low-income citizens based on economic and demographic data for the service area from the most recent federal census data: determined by multiplying the percentage of population qualifying as low-income by 2. (0-2 points);

    (C) project improves opportunities for minority citizens based on economic and demographic data for the service area from the most recent federal census data: determined by multiplying the percentage of population qualifying as minority by 2. (0-2 points);

    (D) project provides park and recreation opportunities for physically/mentally challenged citizens, which exceed the federal and state required accessibility standards - (2 points);

  (4) Local Resources/partnerships.

    (A) project involves public-public or public-private cooperation based on the percentage of the match contributed by partners. Points are calculated by dividing the partner contribution by the total budget and multiplying by five. (0-5 points).

    (B) Project includes documented contributions via the applicant or outside resources above the 50% required match. Up to 3 points will be awarded based on the following criteria: (Additional Contribution Amount / Required Match) x 3.

  (5) Master plan. Points will be awarded for planning, as follows:

    (A) project applicant has a locally adopted and department-endorsed parks, recreation and open space master plan or other jurisdiction-wide plan that addresses outdoor recreation needs - (5 points); or

    (B) project satisfies 1 of the top 5 priority needs - (5 points);

  (6) Threat. Project reduces the threat to the public availability of a recreation opportunity. The project narrative must include a discussion of the particular compelling circumstances involving the project, such as imminent loss of opportunity or time-sensitive economic factors (i.e. loss of potential funding partner if action is not undertaken quickly).

    (A) no evidence of threat is presented - (0 points);

    (B) minimal threat; the recreation opportunity appears to be in no immediate danger of loss in the next 36 months - (1 point);

    (C) actions under consideration that could result in the recreation opportunity becoming unavailable for public use - (2 points); and

    (D) actions under consideration that will result in the recreation opportunity becoming unavailable for future public use or a threat situation has occurred or is imminent that will result in the acquisition of rights to the land by a land trust at the request of the applicant - (3 points).

  (7) Historical/cultural resource. Project provides park and recreation opportunities that enhance and encourage appreciation and preservation of site-based cultural, natural, historical or archaeological resources by means of interpretation, facilities, or preservation strategies - (2 points).

  (8) Consistency with the department's Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (up to 10 points). Applicant must specifically describe how the project meets the goals of the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan.

  (9) Compliance.

    (A) Applicant is not in compliance with previously funded projects - (5 points deducted from total score).

    (B) complete application received by the application deadline - (5 points).

  (10) Urban biologist consultation. Applicant has consulted with an urban biologist from the department regarding the proposed site plan at least 30 days prior to the application deadline and the biologist's comments are included in the application materials - (5 points).

  (11) Sustainable park design and development. The project embraces sustainable techniques in the design and construction of the facility. Points will be awarded based on diversity, innovative nature and/or cost of the project elements - (1-5 points).


Source Note: The provisions of this §61.139 adopted to be effective July 3, 2008, 33 TexReg 5012; amended to be effective February 2, 2009, 34 TexReg 666; amended to be effective July 15, 2014, 39 TexReg 5407

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