On Wednesday, November 6, $500,000 in federal funding for McMullen County was announced by Congressman Henry Cuellar.
The awarding of funds was done in the upstairs courtroom of the historical two-story McMullen County Courhouse, erected in 1930, in downtown Tilden.
This was a fitting location in Tilden that has seen changes in growth through Eagle Ford Shale activity.
After receiving $500,000 in federal funds from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Funds the grant will be matched by McMullen County for a $1 million joint investment. A 4.8 acre community park will be built adjacent to the Frio River that runs through Tilden.
The property that will be used for the park was donated to McMullen County by the Matt Martin family in 1956. Jane Wheeler, President of the Cenizo Study Club in Tilden mentioned the Martin connection during the funding presentation.
“Public parks serve as the soul of our neighbors and bring enrichment to all of our lives,” Congressman Cuellar said. “Tilden’s new park will create economic value for the community as well as health and environmental benefits for our citizens. I will continue to support the creation of new spaces where families gather, children play, and community spirit grows. I want to congratulate McMullen County for this joint investment, and thank County Judge James Teal and Project Manager Dale Patterson for their work in bringing this community park to life.”
“McMullen Countians will be excited to enjoy the recreational amenities the park will offer to people of all ages – a group pavilion, walking trails, exercise stations, age appropriate playgrounds, picnic areas, barbecue grills, air-conditioned restrooms and a splash pad,” said Project Manager Dale Patterson.