Building a Brighter Future for
Texas State Parks

The future of Texas State Parks looks bright — exceedingly bright!

Thanks to passage of landmark bills by the 84th Legislature, Texas State Parks will receive 94 percent of state sales tax revenue attributed to sporting goods, and more flexibility to spend these dollars where they are most needed.

Funding State Parks Now and Into the Future

Texas State Parks Receives $90 Million for Critical Park Improvements

In the recent legislative session State Parks received $90 million for critical park repairs and other capital projects – surpassing $11 million received in 2014 and $23 million received in 2012.

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In the short-term, most of the new funding will go to pay for sorely-needed repairs and improvements, including damage from recent natural disasters, utilities modernization and visitor center upgrades. The funding will also provide for grants to build or improve city and county parks across Texas.

In the future, dedicated funding from the sporting goods sales tax will allow for continued maintenance and improvements of state parks as well as increased staffing, more visitor programs and new state parks.

This investment in state parks will help create a revitalized and modernized state park system ready to meet the needs of our rapidly growing state, while providing a wide range of parks and experiences to serve an increasingly diverse and urban population.

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High-Profile Projects


Battleship Texas State Historic Site

Completing critical repairs.

Galveston Island

Galveston Island State Park

Redeveloping new beachside facilities.

Franklin Mountains

Franklin Mountains State Park

Building a new visitor center for the park.

Palo Pinto Mountains

Palo Pinto Mountains State Park

Developing a master design for this new state park.

Completed Projects

New Cabins at Ft. Boggy State Park

Ft. Boggy new cabin
Ft. Boggy new cabin porch
Ft. Boggy new cabin interior

Thanks to the new funding, Ft. Boggy State Park will be open 7 days a week -- a welcome change from the park being closed 5 days week since 2011 due to budget constraints. The park now has three new cabins available for rent and in 2017 will have several more -- along with some new restrooms. The new cabins are very unique and are the first cabins in the park. The cabins will be furnished with a queen-sized bed and a bunkbed with a trundle, so a family of five can stay in the cabins comfortably. The screened-in porch is big enough to put a pop-up tent on and the outside picnic areas will be very nice for everyone to gather around.

Thank You State Park Supporters!

This historic funding wouldn't be possible without the vision of the Texas Legislature and the many people who have supported us along the way — park visitors, local volunteers, Park Friends Groups, industry professionals, local communities and corporate partners.

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