Big Spring State Park Could Be Cut From State Funding

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - State budget woes continue to ripple across the state, including here in West Texas. Now, there is word that the Big Spring State Park could be in the cross hairs of those cuts.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will probably have to cut their budget by up to 25 percent. As part of that reduction, the Legislative Budget Board has recommended to transfer seven state parks to local governments. The Big Spring State Park is on that list.

If that happens, the City of Big Spring or Howard County would have the chance to take over the park and maintain it.

NewsWest 9 spoke to the Friends of the State Park and they said they hope the park remains a part of the Texas Parks and Wildlife system and gets state funding.

"We are still going to be the Friends of the State Park, we'll continue to work on trying to get a visitors center. The direction we will take, we're not real sure at this point, we'll have to wait and see. We'll have to wait and see what happens with the legislator and then we will go from there," Debbye Wegman, with the Friends of the State Park, said.

Texas Parks and Wildlife told NewsWest 9, they are in the process of meeting with local officials about the proposed transfers. They say the budget process is still in the early stages.

The other six parks that could lose their funding are spread across the state. The only other one in West Texas is in El Paso.