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February 3, 2013

TPWD officials inform public and solicit local input at new park meet

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Although there are no figures at this point, prior to planning, TPWD officials said that $20 million to $30 million for a built-out destination park isn't out of the question.

Good clarified that funds allotted for park development are separate from funds approved for operating Texas parks. To develop a park, he said it takes a large chunk of dollars, branded by the Legislature.

“We're not making a pitch for developing dollars in this [TPWD] legislative package,” he said.

In the meantime, Good noted they will take the next two years to plan the park site.

During the question period, several equestrians asked about riding and volunteering. One man asked, “When will it be feasible to ride our horses there? Are we talking next week or so?” to which the crowd laughed.

Franklin reiterated that there may be some opportunities in the next few years for some type of use.

After someone asked what other parks surround a water supply lake, Good cited Lake Ray Roberts, which serves Dallas, but TPWD controls the shoreline.

“We work closely with the city,” he said of Dallas.

He added Cooper Lake State Park, near Sulphur Springs in Northeast Texas, and Lake Casa Blanca International State Park, which surrounds the water supply for Laredo, Texas. A participant added Tyler  State Park, which he said is a great example of water stewardship.

“Our water quality will be better off?” one Strawn citizen seemed to ask more than state.

“Absolutely,” Franklin replied, adding that the water will be tested repeatedly, especially since the lake will be managed as a fishery habitat.

Another Strawn native said TPWD would “be a better steward of this lake than it's ever seen before.”

Currently the land around Tucker Lake is open for Strawn residents to use for recreation. While Mayor Frazier said there are trash cans, he said it is not consistently maintained, except for a city park area near the spillway.

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