History of Park
The City of Robinson entered into a "Robinson Recreational Park Use Agreement" with the Robinson Independent School District on May 26, 2010. The agreement was for the construction of a city park on a tract of land comprised of 7.696 acres. This tract of land is located along Peplow Drive just east of U.S. Highway 77 in the City of Robinson. The term of the agreement will be for twenty-five years and is renewable for successive terms.
Development of Peplow Park
The overall project scope for the development of the park initially began with a Texas Parks & Wildlife matching grant award of $75,000 that was secured in 2009, with the City of Robinson providing the additional $75,000, a total of $150,000 in funds were available to build the park. The playground equipment for the park was purchased from existing park funds in late 2009 from Gametime, "A Playcore Company". The grant funds have been expended and Texas Parks & Wildlife will be inspecting the park in the near future to complete the grant process.
The Bernard & Audre Rapoport Foundation Help Fund Peplow Park Pavilion
ROBINSON, Texas – January 21, 2013 – The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation donated $75,000 to the City of Robinson to help fund construction of a pavilion at Peplow Park.
This pavilion will provide an active venue for educational and cultural purposes for the adjoining primary and elementary schools. The City may also schedule and coordinate plays, dance recitals, crafts, arts, food, and musicals at the park with this facility in place.
"The City is honored to name the pavilion "Audre and Bernard Rapoport Pavilion" for this generous gift by the foundation," Mayor Bryan Ferguson said. Upon completion of the baseball and softball practice fields, the nameplate of "Bernard Rapoport" will also be secured to the backstop in his honor.
Funding The Park
The total cost of the pavilion is $129,460. City of Robinson management has pursued the remainder of the funding for the project. The park funds will be donated by public and private donors from the City of Robinson, including businesses and citizens from the Robinson and Waco areas. Park Donors:
- David Dickson / Clients, $11,460
- City of Robinson, $10,000
- Jeff Bowden, $10,000
- Gloria and F.M. Young, $10,000
- Walker Partners, $5,000
- Tom Salome Family,
- Gordon Swanson,
- Progressive Waste,
- RBDR Architects, $1,000
The total of all public and private donations is $53,460.