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Temporary, But Indefinite: Texas State Parks Close Tonight
Governor orders closure to mitigate spread of COVID-19
"...So far in the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Texas’ state parks have stayed open, clocking in March 740,000 day..."

April 7, 2020 News Post by Kimberley Jones

Will Lege Rescue Starving State Parks?
Legislators claim help is on way for suffering parks system
"...Texas is among the nation's Top 5 fastest-growing states, but we rank second to last in per-capita spending..."

Feb. 9, 2007 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Explore the Natural Beauty of Texas at These Four State Parks
The best outdoor destinations near Austin are just a road trip away
"...it easy to forget the 630,000-plus acres of Texas state parks and natural areas that lie only a road..."

May 17, 2019 Features Feature by Beth Sullivan

State Parks Feel Pinch
"...a conservation license plate goes straight to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. While that program has actually grown..."

Oct. 23, 2009 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Temporary, But Indefinite: Texas State Parks Close

April 10, 2020 News Feature by Kimberley Jones

Natural State
San Antonio-based Presidian wants to enter into public private partnerships with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
"...project could provide a partial solution to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's financial woes. The problems facing Texas..."

Aug. 4, 2000 News Feature by Dan Oko

Day Trips: Fairfield Lake State Park, Fairfield
Want to buy a state park?
"...Fairfield Lake State Park is for sale. Actually, the entire 2,400-acre former..."

Jan. 28, 2022 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Water Parks, Swimming Holes, and More Options to Keep You Cool
Beat the heat with these H2Options
"...to choose from. From floating obstacle courses to nude parks and scenic swimming holes, we’ve gathered all the fun..."

July 18, 2018 Events Post by Eilish O'Sullivan

Day Trips & Beyond: Water Park Updates From Around the State
Daytripping in the age of a pandemic
"...It wouldn’t be summer without water parks. Around the state, parks with a water theme like..."

June 19, 2020 Travel Post by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips: San Angelo State Park
Desert playground is home to state bison and longhorn herds
"...San Angelo State Park receives around 20.5 inches of rain in an..."

Jan. 8, 2016 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips: Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site, Goliad
State historic site remembers the hero of Cinco de Mayo
"...The Zaragoza Birthplace State Historic Site outside of Goliad captures a snapshot of..."

May 15, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Bell Blasts Perry for Underfunded Parks
Crisis predates current administration, but Dem says guv could have prodded Lege
"...most days, the Smith Visitor Center at McKinney Falls State Park is as dark and silent as a shuttered..."

Aug. 4, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Salvaging Our Parks
Texas State Parks Advisory Committee releases list of recommendations for saving long-neglected state park system
"...a bill that would have shored up funding for state parks drew little notice and died quietly in a..."

Sept. 1, 2006 News Feature by Amy Smith

Texas Parks in Harm's Way
New report sounds alarm that Texas parks are being financially starved, warns that many of the state's open spaces and parks are under immediate threat
"...in a park at the far reaches of the state – is a privilege that many Texans no doubt..."

March 3, 2006 News Feature by Daniel Mottola

Parks, Wildlife, and Racism
Wardens recount longstanding, institutional discrimination against African-Americans at TP&W
"...at conception," said one veteran warden at the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, the agency charged with (among many..."

Aug. 10, 2012 News Feature by Patricia J. Ruland

Funding Texas' Parks and Wildlife: No Walk Through the Park
Parks may finally get more funding, but advocates are wary of shifting some assets to the Texas Historical Commission
"...Texas' parks last week came one step closer to seeing the..."

May 8, 2007 News Post by Daniel Mottola

Day Trips: Tyler State Park, Tyler
Appreciating the handiwork of Depression-era park built by CCC
"...The waterfall at Tyler State Park can be heard before it is seen. A..."

March 18, 2022 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips: Lost Maples State Natural Area, Vanderpool
Lost Maples shows its true colors
"...Lost Maples State Natural Area is a beautiful place to wander the..."

Oct. 16, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips: Texas State Bison Herd, Caprock Canyons State Park, Quitaque
Where the bison roam
"...The Texas state bison herd roams around Caprock Canyons State Park outside..."

Feb. 18, 2022 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Day Trips: Guadalupe River State Park, Spring Branch
The crown jewel of the Guadalupe River
"...Guadalupe River State Park outside of Spring Branch is nearly a perfect..."

Jan. 15, 2021 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Texas Should Really Care About Parks and Wildlife
"...been decades since the Legislature has adequately funded our state parks. Even still, dedicated state employees (yes, they do..."

Feb. 21, 2007 Postmarks

Day Trips: Eisenhower State Park, Denison
Activities abound at this state park
"...Eisenhower State Park on Lake Texoma outside of Denison is a..."

Nov. 21, 2014 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Parks Smoking Ban, More Up Thursday
No ifs, ands, or (37,000) butts: One smokin' council agenda
"...disappoint with a wooly, 139-item agenda this Thursday. A parks smoking ban, a Comp Plan, bond election love-in, and..."

Dec. 5, 2011 News Post by Wells Dunbar

Best State Department
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
"...and the daily have recently run stories about "Texas parks in crisis," but what's remarkable is how good a..."

Sept. 15, 2000 Best of Austin Feature

Eckhardt: The State of the County Is ...
Thursday address slams Lege, props up local entities
"...Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt’s State of the County address last Thursday evening may well..."

Feb. 12, 2018 News Post by Austin Sanders

State of the City Address
As delivered by Mayor Lee Leffingwell today
"...Mayor Lee Leffingwell delivered his State of the City Address before the Real Estate Council..."

Feb. 2, 2010 News Post by Lee Nichols

Day Trips: Caprock Canyons State Park, Quitaque
Where the High Plains drop into the rolling hills and the buffalo play all day
"...Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway outside of Quitaque in the Texas..."

Aug. 19, 2016 Column by Gerald McLeod

Day Trips: Fort McKavett State Historic Site, Menard
Frontier fort was home to Buffalo Soldiers
"...Fort McKavett State Historic Site, southwest of Menard, occupies a rounded hill..."

July 31, 2020 Column by Gerald E. McLeod

Senate Confirms Abbott's Nominee for State Office of Administrative Hearings Chief
Governor's list has hundreds of unconfirmed "holdover" officials
"...The State Office of Administrative Hearings recently welcomed a new Chief..."

May 2, 2019 News Post by Michael King

The Growing State of Downtown
Downtown Austin Alliance releases status report on development
"...the Downtown Austin Alliance (DAA) presented its first ever “State of Downtown.” An accompanying report compiled by the DAA..."

April 30, 2019 News Post by Austin Sanders

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