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.
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.
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.
Completing critical repairs.
Redeveloping new beachside facilities.
Building a new visitor center for the park.
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.