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State grant boosts Grapevine park project to help residents connect with nature

Already a popular visitors destination, Grapevine is about to get even more attractive.

The city recently received a monetary boost to help accomplish that goal.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission awarded the city $500,000 in a Non-Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant for its Settlers Park Project (formerly known as the Silver Lake Park Project).

Non-Urban Outdoor Recreation Grants are dedicated to funding park projects in municipalities under 500,000 in population. Grapevine is one of 17 communities in the state to receive such a grant.

“The development of Settlers Park addresses several current and future recreational needs for our citizens,” Grapevine Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Mitchell said.

Proposed park developments include drainage improvements, boardwalks, pedestrian and nature trails, primitive camping and a fishing pier, among many amenities.

Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate, who has held the office since 1988 (and previously from 1973-85) has steered the city through much growth. He offered high praise for the proposed developments.

“Settlers Park is critical in our efforts of conservation and preserving natural resources and wildlife habitats,” Tate said.

Grapevine Equity Partners, LLC donated approximately 19 acres of land to the project. Of these, around 10 acres will be used as a preserved natural open space. Three acres will stay undeveloped, and approximately six will be developed.

The city plans to provide several nature-friendly outdoor activities at the park, including fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing stations, kayaking and more. Also, the new trails will connect to the nearly 70 miles of city-wide trail system already in place, along with linking with more than 1,000 acres of park space.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Urban Biologist Rachel Richter said the park will help provide habitat for native wildlife.

“The park’s location provides significant opportunities to increase the connectivity of the natural landscape and facilitate the movement of wildlife,” she said.

Construction and completion dates have not yet been determined, but the public can stay updated on park projects at GoGrapevine.com/ParkDev.

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