EDC will help create sculpture park


At its meeting Oct. 23, the Liberty Hill’s Economic Development Corp. agreed to enter a partnership with the Liberty Hill Development Foundation Board to create a sculpture garden in Lions Foundation Park. The Development Foundation oversees the park.

The agreement, which will be drafted by the City’s attorney, will be presented for EDC approval in November.

The EDC agreed to allocate $125,000 toward the creation of the sculpture park. Of that total, $100,000 would be used as seed money to apply for grant funds for the project. The additional funds would be used to help with actual relocation of the art from the campus of Liberty Hill Intermediate School to Lions Foundation Park.

The move is part of a combined effort between the Development Foundation and the City of Liberty Hill to create a sculpture park that will be a tourist destination, said EDC Director and City Manager Greg Boatright. Boatright said fall 2015 is a target for opening the new sculpture park.

Also last week, the EDC Board discussed the possibility of using EDC funds to purchase advertising space on the electronic billboard at Seward Junction for local businesses. Under the plan, EDC would pay the monthly fee and different local businesses would be featured every week. Boatright said the staff is working on details of the program now.

The Board also discussed plans for Facade Mathcing Grants to improve downtown buildings, and agreed to allocate $5,000 to purchase of Christmas lights for downtown Liberty Hill.