AUSTIN (KXAN) — From your neighborhood park to the desolate beauty of Big Bend, Texas, parks will soon pump $261 million into repairs, upgrades and improvements. Monday at the State Capitol the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will detail their plans.
Next month, Ashley and Chris Stafford will go on their Alaskan honeymoon. They take advantage of this weather at Roy Guerrero Park to practice on their new Nikon.
“Since we both work right downtown. It’s nice to get out and away from that for a little while,” said Stafford.
Parks all across the state stand to receive a major influx of cash. More than $193 million to state parks like McKinney Falls – where years of flooding damaged buildings. More than $26 million in grants will soon be available for city and county parks.
It all comes from the sporting goods sales tax Texans pay when they buy outdoor equipment. For years, lawmakers sat on that money to balance their books.But last session they decided the money should go to its dedicated purpose.