Commerce to receive thousands in park grant

Commerce – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission plans to recommend approval of a grant to improve City Park in Commerce.

Upon final approval of the grant, the city will receive $75,000 in state funds, with a $75,000 match. $32,000 of the match was generated through fundraising efforts from interested citizens.

Money would go toward the purchase of new playground equipment, bordering, surfacing material, and other amenities. The City Council Tuesday also agreed to fund a new restroom at City Park to meet American's with Disabilities (ADA) requirements. The money for the restroom will come from the City's reserve fund.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife grant, submitted by the city in January, is one of 11 projects throughout the state the commission plans to recommend. The City of Commerce was ranked third on a list of 31 applicants.

Commerce had hired Mark Spencer, of MHS Planning and Design in Tyler to write the grant.