TPWD News Release — May 25, 2012
AUSTIN — The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, June 13 regarding plans to terminate its lease with the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority to operate Lake Texana State Park.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the recreation center of the LNRA’s Breckenridge Park and Campgrounds, 891 Breckenridge Parkway in Edna, across the highway from the 575-acre state park, which has been operated by TPWD since 1981.
TPWD invites all interested parties to attend the public meeting that will include an overview of the agency’s plans to terminate the current lease and tentative plans for operating the site as a public park. LNRA and TPWD are currently discussing issues related to the transfer to ensure minimal impact to the public.
TPWD has determined that terminating the current lease for Lake Texana State Park is necessary and should take effect on Aug. 31. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission was briefed about the lease termination at its May 23 meeting in Austin.
The site on Lake Texana in Jackson County was leased to TPWD in 1977 for a term of 50 years. Due to ongoing budget constraints, TPWD’s State Parks Division has been evaluating sites to determine whether or not local ownership and operation might be appropriate. Staff concluded that it is necessary to end the lease and to have operations revert to the river authority, which has expressed a willingness to assume management of the site.
The LNRA will be working with TPWD in coming months to effect a smooth transition in park operations and decide on the best way to incorporate the state park’s amenities, which includes a day use area and roughly 140 campsites, into its current roster of recreational facilities to create a unified park system.
For more information, contact Russell Fishbeck, director of the South Texas state park region, at 361-790-0303.