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Collin County Approves 2022 Schedule for $2 Million Park Acquisitions and Improvement Funding Program

The Collin County Court of Commissioners discussed the Parks and Open Space Project Funding Assistance Program at its April 4 meeting. (Screenshot courtesy of Collin County)

Collin County commissioners approved a timeline for its parks and open space project funding assistance program at an April 4 meeting. This program will award $2 million to towns and nonprofits in Collin County in 2022 to assist with park land acquisition, trail construction, and park/open space improvements, according to county website.

A press release on the program and electronic copies of its application package will be distributed on April 18, according to the schedule approved by the commissioners. Applications for funding will then be due by 4 p.m. on July 11, and the Parks Foundation Advisory Board will review applications in August and September. The timeline indicates that a funding recommendation will then be presented to the Court of Commissioners in October.

The schedule was unanimously approved by the court, although commissioner Cheryl Williams was absent from the meeting. The program is funded by a $10 million bond proposal approved by voters in 2018, according to the county’s website.

Before the agenda item is approved by the court, Commissioner Darrell Hale suggested that county staff consider holding an information meeting to allow cities and nonprofits to ask questions about the program and better understand what types of projects should be prioritized.

“Obviously the [county’s] larger cities probably have much larger staff [sizes] and they’re more comfortable doing things entirely electronically, but often small towns wouldn’t mind having a face-to-face [to discuss how to] align more with us in terms of priorities,” Hale said.

Engineering manager Clarence Daugherty said there are currently no plans for such a meeting, but said he would explore the possibility of scheduling one for May or June.

“[Cities] are always free [to]and many of them do, reach out to staff for answers to questions they have,” Daugherty said.