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Heritage Park Progress Report
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 • Posted October 31, 2013

The Riata Service Organization has a long history as an active and involved service organization in Mason County. Our current and ongoing project is Heritage Park. This is a three=phase plan to develop the Heritage Park.

Phase I of the Heritage Park and Trail Project began in 2001 with the assistance of an LCRA grant when a walking trail around the park was established , an outdoor stage was built, lighting was installed for the state and strategically placed among the perimeter of the park, handrails were added to the existing rock bleachers and trees were planted. Since then multiple entities such as the City of Mason Alpha Beta Psi and Mason County Historical Society and the County of Mason have invested time and money in the park. A playground was added and restroom facilities were built to further enhance the Heritage Park as a commons area. The Riata Service Organization has diligently progressed through the initial phase and is ready to begin Phase II.

In September 2012 the Riata Heritage Park committee assembled to create a timeline for Phase II of the park project. They consulted a retired Texas A&M professor who is a landscape architect to reveal the club’s vision and asked him to develop a landscape park design. With a park design in hand the committee presented the Phase II budget and timeline to the Riata Service Organization, which was approved during the November 2012 meeting. An LCRA Community Development Partnership Program (CDPP) grant application is in the process for Phase II of the Heritage Park and Trail Project and will include:

1. Planting more native trees and shrubs

2. Expanding the existing drip system

3. Covering A DITCH

The Riata service organization is working hard to do their part in contributing to the funds needed for this project and raised $11,000 , to be used for phase II we match money for the CDPP grant. Since February we have planted 15 native trees , installed a drip system to sustain them and celebrated arbor day by planting a pecan tree. with the assistance from a cdpp grant the riata club will be able to complete phase ii of the heritage park and trail project. memorials and honorariums are welcomed.

Riata is deeply invested in the mason community and committed to makintg heritage park a facility to be used by all members of the community and visitors. the park facility has positively impacted the community by providing a central and well-lit area for walkers and runners to safely navigte, families to gather, children to play and venues to be held. the riata service organization has collaborated with other organizations and embedded sustainability points such as drip systems to care for the plants. Riata has proven their commitment to the project by nurturing its growth over the past ten years and planning for its sustainability in the future.

Riata service organization has recently received a $5,000. grant from the Mason Community Foundation, Inc. to be applied to the on-going long term project of Heritage Park.

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