City seeks grant for softball fields

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The city is seeking grant funding for an expansion of Centennial Park that includes two lighted softball fields.

Pearland city leaders are now hoping to receive a 50 percent matching grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s non-urban outdoor grant program.

In addition to two new softball fields, plans for the expansion call for a picnic pavilion, concession stand and concrete walkway.

The estimated total cost of construction is $2.4 million.

John Welch, president of the Pearland Girls Softball Association, spoke in favor of the grant application at a required public hearing Monday night, saying the group hopes to bring softball tournaments to the city.

“It’s good for our girls, but it’s also good for our city. It brings people to restaurants and hotels,” he said.

“We also are making a commitment of our own funds, resources and volunteer time to make the park operate for the softball association,” Welch said.

The city looked at several opportunities for the grant, and chose the Centennial Park expansion based on the maximum funding that could be provided and what is needed to complete that project, staff said.

The same grant was utilized for the original park construction in 1996.

City Council on Monday approved the grant application to request the maximum amount, $400,000, toward the project.

The park improvements were originally part of the 2007 bond package.

A response from Texas Parks and Wildlife regarding grant applications is expected by the end of August, according to city documents.

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