Texas Parks Begin New Parking Policy
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Whitney Lake north of Waco, Texas, is implementing a new parking policy this year at several parks due to an increase in visitation at the campgrounds.
The changes to the parking policy will allow three vehicles per campsite and parking passes will be issued upon arrival, according to KXXV TV, Ch. 25, Waco.
The new parking policy will be implemented at Lofers Bend East and West, Cedron Creek, McCown Valley, Plowman Creek and Kimball Bend parks.
Each vehicle allowed inside the park will receive a numbered parking pass. All three vehicles can park on the site as long as there is sufficient space available without parking on the grass. If there is insufficient space to allow a third vehicle to park properly, that vehicle must be parked in one of the overflow parking lots located throughout the campgrounds.
The new policy comes after many vehicles parked off paved surfaces and destroyed native grasses and damaged tree root systems. The campgrounds at Whitney are designed to accommodate only three vehicles per site and any additional visitors must park their vehicle outside of the campground.
If a camper decides to leave the campground after receiving a numbered pass, it is the camper’s responsibility to turn in their pass and inform the gate attendants of the space available. No additional vehicles will be allowed in the park after all three passes have been issued.
These new changes will prevent parks from becoming overrun with vehicles detracting from the natural beauty while allowing for maximum allowable visitation.