Chamber hears support state parks
Posted by : May 22, 2014| On :
Monitor Staff Writer
GUN BARREL CITY–Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce (CCLACC) members heard from guest speaker Texas Parks and Wildlife Assistant State Park Director Kevin Good that Texas’ 95 state parks receive eight million visitors a year.
“Parks are dependent on the entry fees to operate them,” Good said.
Texas has 600,000 acres in state parks and the largest park is Big Bend Ranch.
Good said state parks have recreational value, preserve our natural resources, have cultural aspects, provide quality family time and make economic contributions to the state.
Park visitors bring funds to surrounding local communities by eating at restaurants, shopping and buying gasoline.
“Tourism at state parks provide 600,000 jobs in the state,” Good reported.
The state parks are in need of investment. More visitors bring more business but also additional operating costs.
“We are thankful for our volunteers. They provide more than 250,000 man hours,” Good said.
“One in four workers at a park is a volunteer.”
Good will be asking the upcoming legislative session for funds to maintain the parks and make capital improvements.
As the lunch sponsor, Purtis Creek State Park Director Mendy Davis, spoke about the need to replace the 25-year-old playground equipment at the park outside of Eustace.
“A new playground cost $100,000 and we’ve raised $4,000 so far,” Davis said, and encouraged chamber members to visit the park.
“We want children to visit the park early so they will be good stewards of our natural resources,” Davis explained.
Kid Fish was held May 10, and children received rods and reels courtesy of Trinity Valley Electric Co-op.
Davis reminded everyone, “we have water.”
The Mabank Fire Department was named as May’s Organization of the Month by Ambassador President Marty Mullins. They were selected for their assistance with the Chamber’s Car Show and Kiwanis Krawfish Boil May 3.
CCLACC President Jo Ann Hanstrom and Kiwanis representative Tate Cramm made donations to the Mabank Fire Department.