St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm will upgrade playground equipment and make other improvements at its community park after receiving a $25,000 grant.

LCRA and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative representatives present a $25,000 grant to St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm for new playground equipment. The grant is part of LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program. Pictured, from left to right, are: Bonnie Schulz, church member; Kate Ramzinski, LCRA Regional Affairs representative; Steve Thompson, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce president; Debra Kollman and Eli Kollman, church members; Robin Marek, church building committee member; Byron Balke, Bluebonnet director; Dale Kollman, church member; Bryan Haevischer, church council member; Douglas Polasek, church council president; Stanley Krebs, church building committee member; Margaret D. “Meg” Voelter, LCRA Board member; Becky Haevischer, church council member; Gerri Hanten, New Ulm Chamber of Commerce; Brenda Tonn, church member; Floyd Tonn, church building committee member; Emilie Canik, church council member; and Kyle Merten, Bluebonnet community representative, Brenham area.
(courtesy LCRA)

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) and Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative awarded the church with a Community Development Partnership Program grant.

Alongside $64,540 in matching funds from the church, the grant will help pay for a covered pavilion, new playground equipment, and wheelchair-accessible sidewalks and table areas.

The church built the community park in the early 1990s and is responsible for maintaining it, according to St. John Lutheran Church councilmember Bryan Haevischer, who said the park is “outdated and badly needs to be upgraded.”  He said the park is used every day, and that the renovation project should make it “an even better place for people to take their children.”

The community grant is one of 36 grants awarded recently through LCRA’s Community Development Partnership Program, which helps volunteer fire departments, local governments, emergency responders and nonprofit organizations fund capital improvement projects in LCRA’s wholesale electric, water and transmission 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 is a partner in the grant program.

Applications for the next round of grants will be accepted in July.  More information is available at

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