Congressman Chet Edwards announced that he has secured $2 million for the next phase of improvements at Ham Creek Park in Johnson County.

The funding was included, at Edwards’ request, in the 2008 Energy and Water Appropriations bill, which passed the House Tuesday, July 17, by a margin of 312 - 112.

“I am grateful that my request for additional funding to help reopen Ham Creek Park for the first time in 23 years has been approved,” commented Edwards, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. “As the father of two young sons, I am thrilled that thousands of Johnson County families will be able to enjoy this beautiful new park for years to come.”

“I’d like to thank congressman Edwards for his tireless work in securing critical funding to begin work on re-opening Ham Creek Park, a long-time top priority for the economy and quality of life for Johnson County,” said county commissioner R. C. McFall. “Because of congressman Edwards’ efforts, Johnson County families are closer to having a beautiful park they can enjoy”.

The Ham Creek Park project has strong local support throughout Johnson County.

The county commissioners agreed to fund operations and maintenance costs at the park once the Army Corps of Engineers completes the renovation.

The $2 million secured by Edwards will go toward the final phase of the project, which will construct campsites, roads and parking areas.

Edwards secured $900,000 in fiscal year 2006 and $1.2 million in fiscal year 2007 for a total of $2.1 million for Ham Creek to date.

The 2008 bill must still pass the Senate and be signed by the president.