Big Spring State Park Seeking New Visitor Center

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - The Big Spring State Park wants to be visitor friendly and attract more people. They are trying to raise money to build a visitor center.

The State Park buildings were built in 1933, ever since then there have been no additions to the park. Now friends of the Big Spring State Park want to build a visitor and educational center to help bring more people to the park.

"Ever since it's been a drive through the park for this magnificent view that we have up here, but that's all," Jerry Worthy, President of the "Friends of the State Park" in Big Spring, said.

That's what the "Friends of the State Park" want to change. The new organization wants to promote the State Park and make some additions to it to improve it.

"It will be a place where more and more people can visit from all around West Texas and kind of know and understand what they are seeing instead of just driving through," Worthy said.

In their plans, they have included a visitor's center with the history of mountain, gift shop, offices and a theater.

"We are doing it for the people, the people deserve to be able to understand what they have here for educational reasons. For all the children to come up here, they lose interest pretty quickly because there is nothing to stop and look at," Worthy said.

The estimate cost of the project is around $400,000. They hope to raise most of the money locally and they have already started asking people for pledges.

"We think if we can get enough here locally in West Texas, then we can have the state can come in on to complete this," Worthy said.

The organization says that the construction of the project depends on the pledges and the money that the State might give them.

If you would like to pick up a pledge, you can get one at the Big Spring Chamber of Commerce Building.