Current Projects:

  • Lighting and new benches in Dorothy Fielder Park
  • Funding available to businesses for façade & infrastructure improvement
  • Railcar renovations
  • Fund Fall der All advertising
  • Tables and shade for Railcar Farmer’s Market
  • With EDC, billboard welcoming northbound traffic on US-75.

Completed Projects:

Van Alstyne Historical Museum:

  • Funded interior and exterior museum building improvements in 2014-2015


  • Improvements inside and out for historic Interurban railcar
  • Signage placed for “Visit Historic Downtown Van Alstyne” on US 75
  • Community representation at State Fair of Texas in 2014, 2015 & 2016
  • Sponsor of Railcar Farmers Market and Music in the Park

North Park:

  • Playground equipment and covered picnic area
  • Funded purchase and installation of new merry-go-round

Dorothy Fielder Park:

  • Funding of reconstruction of memory bricks’ walkway
  • Funding for gazebo renovations
  • Funding for LED lights to replace old lighting system
  • Funding for ground-level flag lights
  • Funding for new benches

Forrest Moore Park:

  • VACDC paid off the loan in a consortium with the City, Van Alstyne ISD, and the land owners’ donation. The entire project was $1,400,000
  • Placed lighting in the walking trail and made the bridge wheelchair accessible
  • Rubber mulch for Forrest Moore Park playground
  • Resurfacing parking lot in 2015
  • Funded new park equipment and canopy

Kids can enjoy a new shaded playground at Forrest Moore Park in Van Alstyne.

McKinney-Wilson Park:

  • Funded the replacement of the roof on the concession stand, painted the concession stand.
  • Re-roofed the gazebo
  • Made improvements to the picnic and young children’s play equipment
  • Funded complete renovation of public restrooms including new doors

Electricity for Festivals and Railcar Renovation

The Chamber of Commerce requested Community Development funds in order to provide electricity for the Fall der All event. The electric pole on Chamber-owned land was upgraded, and now electricity is easily accessible. Not only will it will be used for future events, it will also assist in having electricity available for the renovation of the railcars.