Valley cities to create parks with state grants

LA FERIA — The cities of La Feria and Los Fresnos will continue working on their local park systems.

The two communities were awarded recreation grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

La Feria was awarded a non-urban outdoor grant for $500,000 to develop Veterans Memorial Park.

Proposed amenities include picnic tables, a playground with sun shade, bleachers and scoreboards for existing baseball fields, aquatic playground equipment, lighted tennis courts, a small amphitheater and a jogging trail.

Los Fresnos was awarded a small community grant for $75,000 to develop Ninth Street Park. Proposed developments include a trail, benches, an accessible playground, picnic tables with grills, invasive plant removal, butterfly and scent gardens with drip irrigation and interpretive signs, area lighting, fencing, a drinking fountain and landscaping.

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Veterans Memorial Park

Proposed amenities include:

– Picnic tables

– Playground with sun shade

– Bleachers and scoreboards for existing baseball fields

– Aquatic playground equipment

– Lighted tennis courts

– Small amphitheater

– Jogging trail

Ninth Street Park

Proposed amenities include:

– A trail

– Benches

– An accessible playground

– Picnic tables with grills

– Invasive plant removal

– Butterfly and scent gardens

– Area lighting

– Fencing

– A drinking fountain

– Landscaping