League City to dedicate new WaterSmart Park March 22

March 17, 2014

By Kristi Wyatt

LEAGUE CITY, Texas — The public is invited to a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Ghirardi WaterSmart Park in League City at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at 1810 Louisiana Street.

The 3.75-acre park is a collaborative effort of the City of League City, the Texas Sea Grant College Program at Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, the Galveston Bay Estuary Program and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). It was funded by the City of League City’s Park Dedication Fund and a grant from TCEQ.

“The TCEQ grant for Ghirardi WaterSmart Park gives the City and other area entities the opportunity to study, showcase and improve water management,” said League City Mayor Tim Paulissen. “Water is one of our most valuable resources, and we are very excited about the opportunity to learn new and better ways to utilize and conserve that resource.”

In addition to usual park amenities like a pavilion, walking trails and a playground, Ghirardi WaterSmart Park has special conservation and educational features, including rain gardens, an outdoor classroom, a cistern to collect rainwater for irrigation, a green roof on the pavilion, and WaterSmart landscapes.

It is also home to the 100-year-old Ghirardi Compton Oak, which was moved to the site in 2012. The Ghirardi family of League City donated the ¾ of an acre area where the tree is now located.

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Texas Sea Grant is a unique partnership that unites the resources of the federal government, the State of Texas and universities across the state to create knowledge, tools, products and services that benefit the economy, the environment and the citizens of Texas. It is administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and is one of 33 university-based Sea Grant Programs around the country. Texas Sea Grant is a non-academic research center in the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. The program’s mission is to improve the understanding, wise use and stewardship of Texas coastal and marine resources.