Texas Park Use ‘Brisk’ Over Spring Break
Money-conscious central Texas students and their families are flocking to area state and county park campgrounds and lakes during spring break this year, according to the Austin Statesman.
Reservations are coming in at brisk pace at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s statewide reservation call center.
Joan Blankenbeker, the director of the customer service center, said the reservation center received 2,000 calls on Monday (March 9) alone.
“We’ve been very busy, in part, because in past years, spring break has been one week long,” she said. But this year, school districts have scheduled their spring breaks over a three- to four-week period, she said.
And privately owned campgrounds, including Rio Raft and Resort along the Guadalupe River, are packed, said John Guenzel, Rio’s co-owner. Guenzel said he has seen more business this spring break than in previous years.
Meanwhile, Tom Harvey, a parks and wildlife department spokesman, said revenue from paid park visits jumped 25% in January, compared with January 2008, from $1.5 million to $1.87 million.