LCRA and Bluebonnet award $32,967 for improvements to Red Rock Community Center


LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative award $32,967 to Red Rock Community Center Inc. for building and grounds improvements, which include a new septic system, perimeter fence and an accessible ramp and rails. Bluebonnet Electric is one of LCRA’s wholesale electric customers. LCRA gives back to the communities it serves.
Pictured from left: Wayne Pease, Red Rock Community Center Inc. Board Member; Johnny Sanders, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative Manager of Community and Development Services; James Kershaw, Bluebonnet Board Member; Barbara Pennington, Community Center secretary/treasurer; Lori A. Berger, LCRA Board Member; Bonnie Shimek, Community Center vice president; and Rick Arnic, LCRA representative. Not pictured: Shirlean Petty, Community Center president.

Red Rock Community Center Inc. will be able to make building and ground improvements, thanks to a $32,967 community development grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative.

The grant will help fund several improvements, including a new septic system, perimeter fence and an accessible ramp and rails at the community center’s entrance. In addition, new concrete sidewalks and slabs will be poured to make it easier for the disabled and elderly to enter the building while deteriorating water lines will be replaced and the center’s electrical system will be brought up to code.

Originally built as a public school in 1929, the center now serves as a meeting space for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, an education training center for the Bastrop County Volunteer Fire Department and as a polling location for elections.

“This grant will allow us to make much-needed repairs to maintain the former Old Red Rock School House, which now serves as our treasured community center,” said Barbara Pennington, center secretary. “The center serves as a gathering place for our senior citizens, distribution site for the Meals on Wheels program and meeting place for many nonprofit organizations. This grant will ensure many generations to come will be able to use this historic building that serves as a landmark for the town of Red Rock. Thank you LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Co-op for this generous gift.”

The community grant is one of a number of grants recently awarded through LCRA's Community Development Partnership Program. The program provides economic development and community assistance grants to cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other nonprofit organizations in LCRA's electric and water service areas. The program is part of LCRA's effort to give back to the communities it serves. Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of LCRA's wholesale electric customers and a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants are due Jan. 31. More information is available at

The LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program is separate from the Bluebonnet Community Grants, which Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative started this year and recently announced its first round of recipients.

The Lower Colorado River Authority serves customers and communities throughout Texas by managing the lower Colorado River; generating and transmitting electric power; ensuring a clean, reliable water supply; and offering access to nature at more than 40 parks, recreation areas and river access sites along the Texas Colorado River, from the Hill Country to the Gulf Coast. LCRA and its employees are committed to enhancing the lives of Texans through water stewardship, energy and community services. LCRA was created by the Texas Legislature in 1934. The organization neither levies taxes nor receives tax money. For more information, visit

Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 88,000 meters and owns and maintains 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, go to and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.

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