Thanks to the landmark bills passed by the Legislature, 94 percent of state sales tax revenue attributed to sporting goods is dedicated to Texas State Parks.
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.
The Texas State Parks Centennial Plan details actions needed to create a well-maintained, modernized park system able to serve a more diverse, urban and growing population by the year 2023, when Texas state parks will mark 100 years of recreation and conservation service.
A giant helping hand in the form of millions of dollars has reached out to state parks thanks to a significant increase in dedicated funding passed by the 84th Texas Legislature. Watch Texas State Parks Director, Brent Leisure describe how 94 percent of sporting goods will go to fund park facilities and operations.
Completing critical structural repairs.
Building a new visitor center for the park.
Redeveloping new beachside facilities.
Developing a master design for this new state park.
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.
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.