Ribbon cutting for the Travis Trussell Pond in Plainview on Thursday, October 18

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The following is a news release from the City of Plainview:  

The City of Plainview invites the community to a ribbon cutting at the Travis Trussell Pond on Thursday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. The pond is located at 10th and Ennis Street.

Plainview was awarded a $250,949 grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife in March 2016 to develop Travis Trussell Pond Park. The Pond was a focus project in the 2013 Comprehensive Plan that recommended enhancements to the park.

Some enhancements include two wildlife viewing areas on the north and south end of the pond with benches and interpretive signs to educate enthusiasts about the types of waterfowl seen at the pond as well as their migratory habits. There is also a walking trail around the duck pond with ornamental lighting, off street parking on the northwest corner, a pavilion with electricity, lights and benches and a portion accessible for citizens to walk up to the water’s edge.

“This is truly a collaborative effort,” says Mayor Wendell Dunlap. “It began with the comprehensive plan, then receiving the grant followed by donations from organizations and citizens and completed by City staff handling a majority of the project. We are proud to offer a great place for the citizens of Plainview and invite you to celebrate with us.”

Donors include Pavilion – James & Eva Mayer Foundation, Wildlife Viewing Sites – Lion’s Club and Rotary Club, Benches – Memory of Maurice & Loretta Hastey and Memory of Marion and Fred Garrison. Tree Club donors include Wendell & Beverly Dunlap, Dale & Janice Payne, First Assembly of God , YMCA, Keep Plainview Beautiful, Trasher, Robert’s Tree House, Bert & Beverly Wall, The Community Foundation of West Texas, Xcel Energy and David Wilder. Other donors include those who purchased bricks which are installed on the north side of the pavilion and the Parks Advisory Board for its contributions to the project.

The grant was part of $10.4 million Parks and Wildlife awarded to 39 community parks throughout the state. Plainview’s funding is through a Non-Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant. Parks and Wildlife awarded those grants to 20 towns with populations of less than 500,000. Gruver is the other Panhandle-South Plains town that received a Non-Urban Outdoor Recreation Grant this year.

Money for the Local Park Grants Program comes from a portion of the sporting goods sales tax through the Texas Recreation and Parks Account and the Texas Large County and Municipality Recreation and Parks Account. Additional money comes from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Congress appropriates program funding each year. TPWD is the pass-through agency for local governments in Texas.

The pond is named after a retired automotive mechanic, Travis Trussell, who spent long hours, over a more than 20-year period, feeding and watching over the waterfowl that visited the playa lake divided by 10th and Ennis streets. The water basin was significantly deepened when a large amount of dirt was excavated for the construction of two churches and a small shopping center in the area. As a catch basin for water runoff, the pond soon became a popular stopover on the central flyway for waterfowl.

For more information, contact Tim Crosswhite at 296.1150 or tcrosswhite@plainviewtx.org.

(News release from the City of Plainview)

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