Building a Brighter Future for
Texas State Parks
In the 85th Texas Legislative session, lawmakers allocated $49 million for weather-related capital repairs for the 2018-19 biennium. Capital funding from previous legislative sessions was $90.6 million in 2016, $11 million in 2014 and $23 million in 2012. The agency now has numerous capital repair projects to improve state parks over the next five years, using a combination of new appropriations plus funding from previous sessions. Completion of projects is contingent on future legislative funding, especially funding from state sales tax revenue attributed to sporting goods (Sporting Goods Sales Tax).
Franklin Mountains State Park
Building a new visitor center for the park.
Galveston Island State Park
Redeveloping new beachside facilities.
Balmorhea State Park
Renovation and restoration of the CCC-built Motor Court.
New Cabins at Ft. Boggy 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.
New Campground, Meeting Hall and more at Palo Duro Canyon State Park
The new Juniper Loop campground, completed in 2016, features 20 rebuilt campsites, a group camp area, an indoor group hall, comfort station, and restroom with showers. In addition, six bridges were constructed, in partnership with TXDOT, over water crossings on Palo Duro Canyon's main roadway to enhance park visitor safety by providing access to higher ground areas of the park during flash flooding events.
The Meeting Hall is one of three new buildings at the new Juniper Loop Campground. Pictured in front are members of the TPWD Field Operations Branch with the TPWD Infrastructure Division which includes construction managers, inspectors, surveyors, and Force Account teams — all who are committed to building (literally) a brighter future for Texas state parks.