Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2010
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

State Parks in Senate District 18 to Begin Year-Long Renovations

Will Increase Visitor Enjoyment and Safety

AUSTIN—Ensuring that Texas residents keep coming back to a great park experience, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) is now engaged in a major round of repair, renovation and upgrading to some of Texas' most treasured state parks.

Within the last few years, Texas citizens and legislators made a commitment to fund statewide park repairs and improvements. To date, TPWD has already completed over $600,000 of infrastructure upgrades and another $44 million in repairs and renovations to park cabins, bathrooms, electrical and water systems, and other state park infrastructure are scheduled for completion in April 2011.

Senate District 18 is rich with many state parks. Improvements are planned for Goliad, Bastrop, Goose Island, Lake Texana, and Buescher State Parks. Keeping our Texas parks fun, safe and customer friendly is the major goal for the Texas State Parks rejuvenation projects underway this year.

"Without the support of Texas taxpayers, these renovations would not have been possible. The action taken by Texas voters to approve the bonds that allows for these repairs confirms that our citizens continue to value Texas' rich outdoor heritage. With these improvements, families and outdoor enthusiasts alike can enjoy these state parks for years to come," said Senator Hegar.

Bastrop State Park, a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)-built park located one mile from Bastrop and 35 miles east of downtown Austin, has recently had one building's roof repaired and this summer will launch a host of renovations, including replacing the ancient electrical infrastructure in the park's historic dining hall (refectory) built by the legendary CCC (Company 1805) in the 1930s. This fall, when summer visitation subsides, several more projects will begin, including renovation of the park's swimming pool and bathhouse.

Goose Island, one of Texas' earliest state parks has stood up to the wind, surf and sun for almost 75 years, but now and then the elements start gaining on it. This fall Texas Parks and Wildlife will acknowledge Mother Nature's constant challenge at Goose Island State Park by removing 45 concrete shade shelters worn down from more than 35 years of harsh weather. TPWD will then replace the old shelters with 45 new shelters

For more information on these parks, visit the "Find a Park" website: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/.

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