JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF REPORTER
AUSTIN — The city of Granite Shoals received an unexpected lunchtime treat March 23.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, through its point system, awarded the city $500,000 to build a multipurpose sports facility on Phillips Ranch Road next to the Roddick Tennis Center, which houses full-length covered tennis courts as well as smaller courts for younger children.
“The city is overwhelmed with receiving this grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife,” City Manager Ken Nickel said. “It’s given us an opportunity to have a place for our children to be able to play a variety of sports in this new facility.”
The grant is a match to the land and a building already on the property. It will help create two soccer fields for 14-and-under players, two volleyball courts, two basketball courts, three batting cages, one shuffleboard court, and one pickleball court. The courts will be located in the middle building between the Roddick Tennis Center and the smaller tennis courts near city hall on Phillips Ranch Road.
The grant also includes a girls softball field or youth baseball field in an area facing RR 1431.
City staff applied for the grant in September.
Going into the meeting, a Granite Shoals multipurpose sports facility ranked as the commission’s top non-urban outdoor project with 115 points, according to its website.
Nickel was pleased the commission will be able to assist in creating a valuable complex next to the tennis center and Manzano Hike, Bike and Run Trail, named after former resident and Olympian Leonel Manzano.
“That will make a difference for our children,” Nickel said.