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$5 Million Makeover Revives Texas State Park

October 10, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

One of Texas’ oldest state parks, closed for almost a year for $5 million worth of improvements, has been born anew and will hold a free grand reopening Saturday (Oct. 15), the Longview News-Journal reported.

Daingerfield State Park officials have set a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. with other activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors to the 500-acre park near Daingerfield will discover three new restrooms, upgraded campgrounds with full hookup sites, a new wastewater system, a new dock with boat rentals and a refurbished boathouse/interpretive center.

The park was carved out of the pine and hardwood forests of Northeast Texas in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and a number of CCC buildings, such as the popular group facility, have been renovated.

Historic Bass Lodge, which sleeps 13 in five bedrooms, has had a total makeover, with a new central air and heat system, new furnishings and appliances, and a remodeled bathroom that meets Americans with Disabilities Act standards, officials said.

“When people who haven’t been here in a while, come back to visit, they’ll notice some real major changes,” Park Superintendent John Thomas said. “There will be a ‘wow effect’ for sure. Having this park open again is a big deal for this part of Texas.”

By the 80-acre lake, park visitors will see how construction crews have converted the large pavilion/bath house that once served as a concession area into an air-conditioned and heated park store and group dining hall with upgraded kitchen facilities.

Thomas said he expects the coming fall months to be as busy as ever, as visitors welcome cooler weather.

Campers can choose from 40 campsites with full hookups, water and electricity, and 12 water-only tent sites, ranging from $10 to $20 a night. People seeking more creature comforts can book one of three climate-controlled cabins, with either two or three bedrooms, bathroom, fully equipped kitchen and screened-in porches.

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