Wednesday, January 14, 2009

DRIPPING SPRINGS IN FINALS FOR TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE GRANT PROGRAM

In the Babble's 8 Favorite Things in Dripping Springs in 2008, we included Harrison Ranch Park, the 64 acre property that the City of Dripping Springs purchased early last year. The City's vision to use the property as an agricultural themed park with facilities for horse riding and livestock and other activities reflecting the area’s cultural and historical significance may now be growing closer to reality. Out of 26 statewide eligible applications submitted for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Local Park Grants Program, the City of Dripping Springs has scored in the top six communities and their project recommended for possible funding of $500,000 toward park improvements at Harrison Ranch Park. The final review will be made at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday, January 22nd in Austin.

If the project is approved as recommended by the Texas Parks and Wildlife staff, more than 6 acres of the property surrounding Little Barton Creek will be set aside as a dedicated wildlife preservation and conservation area. Other planned park developments include an open air pavilion suited for equestrian and livestock events, a play ground, primitive tent campsites, a crushed granite pedestrian trail for walkers, hikers and runners, a path which will support bicycles and wheelchairs, open play area, equestrian trails, an 18-hole course for disk (Frisbee) golf, two regulation horseshoe and washer courts, and designated picnic areas. To construct these various park venues, the City plans to utilize “green” methods whenever possible such as selection of recycled and regional materials, diligent management of construction waste, and preservation of existing trees and foliage.