Big Spring Still Studying State Park Control

BIG SPRING - While looking more and more likely that the State of Texas will be wanting to pass the operational responsibilities of the Big Spring State Park over to local control, city manager Gary Fuqua briefly updated council on the issue Tuesday.

Fuqua said that city and state park officials have recently toured the park, looking at the scope of operational and maintenance issues. The City of Big Spring and Howard County have been working together toward the very possible takeover of those duties. The city manager told council that the city committee will soon be meeting with county officials to put together a plan of operation.

That plan would go before both governing entities for agreement and then presented to the state. It is our understanding that even if the city and county take over operations of the park, the hope is it would still maintain its state park status, which of course is important as a tourism tool, but that is still another big unknown.

Nothing is official at the local or state levels at this time.