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TPWD News Release — Oct. 9, 2006

Lake Tawakoni State Park Receives Donation To Build Restrooms

WILLS POINT, Texas — The Sabine River Authority of Texas has donated $50,000 to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to construct a new restroom facility for overnight campers at Lake Tawakoni State Park.

SRA made the donation in August in exchange for TPWD transfer of the ownership of the park’s wastewater treatment plant to the authority. SRA will operate and handle maintenance of the treatment plant that serves the 351-acre park and a small subdivision on the south central lake shore in Hunt County.

“This is a win-win scenario for both agencies and the people of Texas,” SRA General Manager Jerry Clark said. “SRA has been partners with TPWD at this state park since its inception and is proud to see its continued development as a premier recreation facility for the public.”

State park Superintendent Ken Watson said the new quad-style restroom, which features four separate units each with a toilet, sink and shower, will be located between Campsites 37 and 38 in the White Deer camping loop.

“It will mean a whole lot less down time such as we’ve experienced with only one restroom facility where folks often had to wait in line for an hour each night while the restrooms were cleaned,” Watson said. “We hope to have the new building delivered in February and open by Spring Break.”

The state park opened in 2002 after six years in development and almost $3 million in state expenditures to provide greater recreational opportunities in northeast Texas. Lake Tawakoni State Park, which includes day use and overnight facilities, is about a 90-minute drive from Dallas.

The Sabine River Basin covers a large portion of East Texas with a population of roughly 600,000 in all or part of 21 counties, according to U. S. 2000 Census statistics. For more information about SRA, call Ann Galassi at (409) 746-2192.


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