Non-profits discuss long range plans for 13-acre project

Thirteen acres next to the Community Resource and Recreation Center (CRRC) on South Access Road has come under discussion for an expanded addition to the recreation center.

The Corps of Engineers currently leases the acreage to Comal County, who wants to sublease it to a segment of non-profit organizations in, an effort to bring more activities to the area.

Jay Lewis, chairman of the adivsory committee board in charge of the 13 acres, said the project is a long range plan that would initially result in new softball fields, a pavillion with an activities building, and a garden area with indigenous plant life.

There is also some discussion of acquiring an adjoining 7.5 acres for RavenStar.

RavenStar is a non-profit organization that specializes in outdoor education and astronomy.

Members on the advisory committee are excited about the prospects that the project would bring to the residents of Canyon Lake.

Keith Lewis of the Noon Lions Club said his organiztion hosts an annual Shrimpfest.

Because of the appeal that the festival brings to the area, Lewis said they have outgrown their privious event locations.

Lewis went on to say that it is not uncommon to have 1100 shrimp plates served within a four-hour span during the event, which why his organization has set aside $15,000 in a matching fund in an effort to see the 13-acre project through.

Scott Armstrong, representative for the Canyon Lake Girls Softball Association (CLGSA), has a similar need.

According to Armstrong, the girls' softball teams do not have a playing field. They have been "borrowing" locations so the can play their games.

This project would provide the CLGSA with playing fields to host their games.

Another non-profit organization with an interest in the project are the Master Naturalists.

They propose making a garden somewhere on the property that would display the indigenous plant life in the Canyon Lake area. The garden would be an educational source for children and adults alike.

Recently, the acreage was cleared of brush to allow for a survey and topography study. This will serve as a visual guide to aid in sectioning off the property to accommodate the proposed plan.

Brewer said the project is contingent upon two things: approval of the county and the Corps of Engineers and availability of funds.

Jaynellen Bateman, recreation program director for CRRC said, "I'm really excited about the collaborative efforts of civic organizations coming together."

At this time the project is only a proposal, and the organizations are focused on community improvement.

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