Troup Community Development board discusses park improvements

Apr. 19—The Troup Community Development Corporation board discussed various projects related to park improvements during its Monday meeting.

A public hearing was conducted in relation to the proposed project for drainage and walkways extending from the Joe Layne Family Splash Pad to the restroom facility. No one was present to speak either in favor of or against the project, which is not to exceed $10,000.

The purpose of the project is to provide better drainage and safety at the splash pad. The project consists of the construction of steps on the Calvert Street side of the park, leading to the restroom; footlights; and an additional section of retaining wall.

The board considered combining two other projects related to Patriot Park into a single plan, but declined to do so.

The two projects, which will remain separate, involve one to address drainage at the park and another to provide up to $80,000 in matching funds for a Texas Parks and Wildlife Small Communities grant. TCDC originally applied for the grant in 2019. Although they did not receive the grant at that that time, the funds remained earmarked for park improvements. Applications for a new round of funding begins May 1 and TCDC will again apply for funding.

Executive Director Suzanne Loudamy said grant funds are expected to provide playground equipment, picnic tables and a covered pavilion.

The storm drain, which is not covered by grant funds, will be extended through the park and covered so that the ground is level with the park. This project is expected to relieve the drainage issue, improve safety and expand the square footage of the park. Cost for this project is not to exceed $100,000.

The board also heard a report from local Realtor Kristi Martin regarding property sales. Board President Gary Salyer had requested the presentation due to the recent increase of sales of both residential and commercial real estate.

According to Loudamy, Martin reported three main drivers of sales. These included those looking to leave larger cities like Tyler, the lower cost of living and Troup's school system.

For more information about the Troup Community Development Corporation, visit or find the organization on Facebook.