Local River Authority to Take Over Texas State Park
The Lavaca-Navidad River Authority (LNRA) in Edna, Texas, has agreed to take over management of the Lake Texana State Park on Sept. 1 when it will become the Texana Park at the Brackenridge Recreation Complex.
In May, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced in a news release it would no longer be able to lease the park from the river authority, citing funding shortfalls, the Victoria Advocate reported.
The authority owns the land where the 575-acre state park sits. It has been open to the public since 1981 and provides access to the 10,000-acre Lake Texana, used for recreational activities for an average of 40,000 visitors each year. It is located halfway between Houston and Corpus Christi.
Texas parks suffered record heat, droughts and wildfires last year, which resulted in overall park visitation reduction and revenue losses.
Patrick Brzozowski, the authority's general manager, announced the takeover agreement.
"We're excited now that it's upon us, and we're looking forward to the challenge," Brzozowski said.
Rumors have circulated for more than a year that the park may detach from state management. Brozozowski said that in an ideal situation, he would prefer for the park to remain a state park.
"I would have rather have a state park there for a lot of reasons. It's good to have a state park in your community, for one," he said. "It's not that they don't want to be there, economically they can't do it."
Brozozwski said the LNRA is discussing the changes to the park, including a new fee schedule and amenities upgrades.
"There will be some changes. The plan is to do a number of upgrades, beautification projects and we plan to develop full-service sites. There may be differing operating rules," he said. "The fees are going to be cheaper. Instead of $3 per person, we're going to charge $3 per car. For a family of two, you get a 50 percent discount."