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LLELA awarded a $21,000 grant from TPWD

Post Date:April 30, 2020
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA) has been awarded a $21,000 grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) for two adaptive recreation programs.

“A Chance to Hike” and “LLELA Field Days” are programs specifically designed for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The money will be used to purchase foldable walker wheelchairs, kayak outrigging, and camping equipment.

LLELA Field Days provides 10 facilitated field days at a nature preserve and park for residents of an assisted living and transitional facility to equip them with the skills needed to live a healthy and engaged life. The sensory-friendly recreational opportunities include fishing, nature journaling, camping, kayaking, and hiking. LLELA partners with the non-profit 29 Acres’ to provide this unique experience.

“This grant allows us to continue that partnership and better serve the campers with proper equipment that fits their abilities,” said LLELA Nature Program Coordinator Tiara Chapman.

The Lewisville Parks and Recreation Department also offers the “A Chance to…” program to specifically serve members of the special needs community and encourages people of all skills to get outdoors and play. “A Chance to Hike” is a free guided nature walk along the wide and level crushed-granite surface of the Cottonwood Trail at LLELA. To learn more about dates, times, and details, please visit the activity calendar on

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Community Outdoor Outreach Program (CO-OP) was established in 1996 to help introduce under-represented audiences to environmental education, conservation, and recreation programs. The $21,000 awarded to Lewisville was one of 20 grants awarded by the CO-OP this year, totaling more than $820,000. CO-OP grant recipients help Texas develop leadership and career skills. To find out more about the CO-OP program, please visit CO-OP Grants page on the

LLELA is nearly 2,600 acres of tallgrass prairies and bottomland forests with the Elm Fork of the Trinity River flowing through it. Visitors to LLELA can enjoy hiking on multiple nature trails, camping and fishing along the river, canoeing or kayaking down the river, taking part in several birding activities, and experience what life was like in an 1860’s homestead. To learn more about LLELA, please visit

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