News Release from Senator Robert Nichols

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 4, 2008
Contact: Alicia Phillips
(512) 463-0103

Nichols announces $415,400 to build new Magnolia park

Austin -- Today state Senator Robert Nichols announced the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission awarded $415,400 in matching funds to the City of Magnolia for the development of a new city park.

"Congratulations to the people of Magnolia. Because of the hard work of local leaders, residents will enjoy this park for generations to come."

This grant, in combination with funding from the city, will help acquire almost 30 acres of land including seven acres as a public park. Proposed features of the new park include: trails, a pond, boardwalk with fishing extension, playground, picnic tables, pavilion, amphitheater and other recreational facilities.

Jimmy Thornton, the mayor of Magnolia, said the new park will be a great asset to the city.

"This park is something the people of Magnolia asked for, and our success is something every citizen can be proud of." said Thronton.

The come from Parks and Wildlife's local park grant program. Since 1979, the Legislature has made funds available to local communities to provide recreational lands and facilities. These funds are currently derived from a portion of sales tax on sporting goods. Nichols supported legislation during the 2007 session to increase funding for the Parks and Wildlife Department.

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