NOLAN CREEK RECREATIONAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Nolan Creek winds through the heart of Belton and connects many important areas of the city including three major parks, the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, and the historic downtown area. The picturesque Hike and Bike Trail lines a significant stretch of the creek, with existing and future commercial development opportunities along the waterway in downtown.
The project has the potential to dramatically enhance the quality of the community by offering a unique recreational corridor with a kayaking/tubing whitewater feature, while promoting strong economic development potential.
*Donations to this project are tax deductible and may be made by submitting a check payable to the City of Belton, PO Box 120, Belton, TX 76513.
Updates on this project made be seen below.
Stay informed on the progress and check back often.
UPDATE 3-30-13: The City of Belton had a booth at the Earth Day Festival showcasing the Nolan Creek Recreational Improvement Project and answering citizen questions.
UPDATE 1-24-13: The City of Belton is awarded a $100,000 grant funded through the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and passed through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for local governments in Texas. With a competitive field of 35 requests, Belton's Nolan Creek Recreational Improvement Project was one of twelve funded projects.
UPDATE 9-22-12: The City joined the Gin area businesses and others in an awareness and fundraising event for the Nolan Creek Recreational Improvement Project. The event hosted two bands through a music grant from the Governor's office. Brent Luck, Luck Design Team, gave a brief overview of what the project would offer the City of Belton and followed up with Q & A in the City of Belton Parks & Recreation booth.
UPDATE 8-1-12: City submits grant application to TPWD for the Nolan Creek Recreational Improvement Project. TPWD is projecting January 2013 for award announcement.
UPDATE 7-2-12: Parks Board endorses grant application to TPWD in support of the Nolan Creek Recreational Improvement Project.
UPDATE 6-19-12: City rolls out new web page to inform citizens on updates to the Nolan Creek Recreational Improvement Project and begins accepting tax deductible donations.
UPDATE 6-4-12: Texas Parks and Wildlife Land and Water Conservation Fund calls for grant applications. City preparing application for an August 1, 2012 deadline.
UPDATE 4-10-12: City Council approves Preliminary Design and Phase 1 component, including budgeting.
UPDATE 4-2-12: Parks Board recommends approval of the Preliminary Design to City Council and the development of a Phase 1 schedule.
UPDATE 3-6-12: REP presents preliminary design to joint meeting of City Council and Parks Board.
UPDATE 11-4-11: HEB Plus opens in Belton and donates $50K to the City of Belton Nolan Creek Recreational Improvement Project. HEB Plus gives $50K to City project
UPDATE 7-26-11: City Council authorizes City Manager to execute an agreement with Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP) for preliminary design services.
UPDATE 7-11-11: City of Belton receives word that the 82nd Legislature has zeroed out Texas Parks and Wildlife grant programs at the state level. As a result, the Outdoor Recreation grant has been suspended. A new call for grants may come in the spring.
UPDATE 6-14-11: City Council authorizes City Manager to submit a grant application to Texas Parks and Wildlife.
UPDATE 5-19-10: Mayor, Mayor Pro Tem, Parks Board members, City Staff, and Belton citizens meet with consultant Gary Lacy of Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP) for site visit and analysis on a potential Nolan Creek recreational improvement project.
UPDATE 4-13-10: Belton City Council adopts the Belton Parks and Recreation Strategic Master Plan.
City Council authorizes City Manager to execute an agreement with Recreation Engineering and Planning (REP) for a feasibility study for Nolan Creek.