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TPWD News Release — Oct. 22, 2010

Even More to Love about Garner State Park

Popular Park Showcases Capital Repair Improvements

CONCAN, TX—Several community, county and state government offices, including area convention and visitor bureaus, county judges, county sheriffs and the Texas House of Representatives, had staff on hand for an open house on Wednesday morning, showcasing the first of almost $4 million in capital repair projects that are under way at Garner State Park.

Garner, which is traditionally one of the most visited state parks in the system, is renowned for its decades of offering access to the clear Frio River, its Civilian Conservation Corp construction and cabins, Hill Country scenic views and the always-popular summertime Garner jukebox dance. And because of the park’s popularity—Garner gets literally hundreds of thousands of visitors each year—normal wear and tear and maintenance have taken its toll on this grand park that dates back to the 1930s.

Much of that, however, is being addressed with improvements to park infrastructure like electrical and water systems, and to park facilities such as renovations to restrooms, repairs and upgrades to 17 cabins, and overhauling more than 20 of the park’s screened shelters.

“That’s the good thing about a day like today; we can point out specifically all the things we’re doing that makes folks’ experience here better,” said State Parks Director Brent Leisure. “This is an investment to not only meet customer demand of today, but also to help preserve a camping heritage at Garner that you really can’t find anywhere else.”

Improvements at Garner are part of a long list of $44 million in statewide repairs slated for more than 40 state parks across Texas, reflecting voter-approved and legislative-appropriated monies from recent bienniums.

For more information on Garner State Park, call (830) 232-6132, or visit the Web site at www.texasstateparks.org.

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