By CHRIS AGEE
Texas Parks and Wildlife officials will host an open forum this week in Strawn to discuss the progress of Palo Pinto Mountains State Park.
The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Opal Guest Memorial Chapel, 400 Houston Ave.
About 3,335 acres of land surrounding Strawn's 81-acre Tucker Lake was chosen in 2011 as the site for Texas' newest state park. Funding for the purchase came from the 2008 sale of the former Eagle Mountain Lake State Park.
According to TPWD Park Superintendent John Ferguson, Thursday's forum will be open to any questions from the public, though the main topic will be management of property around Tucker Lake.
He explained the City of Strawn owns about 100 acres immediately surrounding the lake, on which TWPD would like to build cabins for park visitors.
"We want to use the lake as a central feature of the park," he said, explaining the property would be vital to that end and would create a source for steady revenue.
He explained the lake itself, which serves as Strawn's water source, would remain under the city's ownership and control despite any change to the land surrounding it.
TWPD staff will also provide a progress report Thursday, detailing what has been done to further the project since its inception.