BROWNSVILLE, TX — The Brownsville Community Improvement Corp. will fund and promote a diverse set of projects to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout Brownsville, as part of its 2013‐2014 funding cycle.
Since its creation in 2002, BCIC has invested over $10.3 million dollars in quality of life projects in partnership with community organizations and businesses.
“BCIC‐sponsored projects make a lasting, positive impact in diverse neighborhoods throughout the city,” said Rachel Flores, BCIC Executive Director. “Beyond that, BCIC is focused on funding projects that will stimulate the local economy by promoting attractions and amenities that make Brownsville such a unique destination.”
The BCIC Board of Directors approved close to $600,000 in 2013‐2014 funding for the following projects:
Brownsville Beautification Committee: Barnard Street Duck Pond Project
Provide a new park in the east right of way (ROW) of Barnard Street between Cypress Drive and Camwood Place, where residents from the neighborhood (approximately 300 homes) can walk to and enjoy the resaca safely. The current conditions are unsafe for anybody to enjoy the area, there are no sidewalks or crosswalks, the resaca embankment is deteriorating and the guardrails require replacement.
Brownsville Museum of Fine Art: Art Beautification King Tut Sculpture Project (Completed)
An initiative to create and bring a world class monumental sculpture to enhance Linear Park and
become part of the Art in the Park Permanent Collection of sculptures in Brownsville.
Brownsville Wellness Coalition: Community Gardens Project
Strengthen communities by instilling a sense of pride and ownership in their beautified neighborhoods. Growing, harvesting and preparing fresh produce will encourage increased physical activity and more nutritious eating habits, which are also significant contributing factors in improving quality of life.
Children’s Museum of Brownville: Flex‐Air Exhibit Project
Visitors will engage in wind energy educational concepts that include: air is fluid; moving air = energy; air can be contained; and air filling spaces creates air pressure that makes things move. The exhibit will be the 29th of its kind in the nation and has a proven track record of being a visitors’ favorite at science museums across the country.
City of Brownsville: BMetro Fixed Route Intelligent Transportation System Project
Acquire a computer aided dispatching and vehicle tracking system. The system includes invehicle devices that collect data, such as GPS locations and vehicle motion details. This information is transmitted, in real‐time, to the transit dispatch center and can be viewed by dispatchers. It will also provide the capability to offer free Wi‐Fi service to passengers on fixed route buses.
City of Brownsville / Commemorative Air Force: Museum Improvements Project
Rehabilitate the CAF offices, conference/meeting room and museum and install security upgrades. The museum operates the only flying museum south of San Antonio, and the conference room is frequently used City of Brownville Departments, the weather bureau, firemen, service clubs, etc. The museum complex is also the City’s gathering point for emergency air evacuations.
City of Brownsville: Morningside Park Improvements Project
Entails the critical need to upgrade the obsolete, original scoreboards that were installed in 1988, when Morningside Park was established, and replace the 6 ft. chain link fence with the recommended height of 12 ft. The Morningside Park Improvements Project will enhance and promote the amenities and features of the park.
Gladys Porter Zoo: South Texas Discovery Center Final Phase Project
Funding to equip the zoo’s soon‐to‐be‐completed South Texas Discovery Center. This 9,717 square foot education center will replace the building that is currently used as an education facility at the zoo. The South Texas Discovery Center is part of a larger program aimed at teaching the youth of South Texas about the importance of sustaining South Texas’ unique biological diversity.
United Way of Southern Cameron County – Success by 6: Born Learning Trail Project
A series of signs offering educational games (approved by experts) will guide adults on specific ways to develop learning games and suggest tips to use at home. This outdoor interactive early learning Trail consists of ten signs, each printed with playful and engaging activities, based on early learning outcomes.
Brownsville Community Improvement Corp.: Belden Trail Community Garden Project
Create and maintain a community garden along the Belden Trail on West Fronton Street (behind Skinner Elementary School).