Presenter: Corky Kuhlmann

Commission Agenda Item No. 19
Land Donation – Gonzales County
Acceptance of 1.35 Acres at Palmetto State Park
August 23, 2007

I. Executive Summary: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has been offered a donation of a 1.35-acre tract of land adjacent to Palmetto State Park.

II. Discussion: Palmetto State Park, 270.3 acres, named for the tropical Dwarf Palmetto plant found there, is located in Gonzales County, northwest of Gonzales and southeast of Luling. The park abuts the San Marcos River and also has a 4-acre oxbow lake. The land was acquired by deeds from private owners and the City of Gonzales in 1934-1936 and was opened in 1936. The stone buildings in the park were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the 1930s.

An adjacent landowner has offered to donate a 1.35-acre tract reserving a life estate. Located on this tract is the landowner's place of residence as well as remnants of the CCC camp that was used during construction of the park.

III. Recommendation: The staff recommends the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopt the following motion:

"The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission authorizes the Executive Director to take all necessary steps to acquire by donation approximately 1.35 acres with the reservation of a life estate in Gonzales County as an addition to Palmetto State Park."

Attachments – 1

  1. Exhibit A – Location Map

Commission Agenda Item No. 19
Exhibit A

Location Map

Location of donation tract in relation to Palmetto State Park

For help in interpreting this map, please contact Corky Kuhlmann.