Texas Parks and Wildlife May Be Forced to Close Up to 20 State Parks

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department might be forced to close up to 20 of their 95 state parks if the legislature doesn't approve the $18.9 million funding boost they've asked for.

Parks Director Brent Leisure says the department still hasn't named which parks would be affected since it's too early to tell.

The legislature budget board will release their budget recommendations on Monday.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the department has asked for over $500 million for the next two years, plus $103 million to restore cuts by previous legislative sessions.

After years of under funding and public outcry over the poor state of the parks, the department saw a boost in funding during 2006 but faced more cuts in 2011.