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TPWD News Release — Aug. 1, 2005

New Maps Show State Parks Within 60 Miles Of Metro Areas

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has just made it a little easier for city folk to enjoy life outdoors with the launch of a series of urban maps called “State Parks Near You.”

The maps, which can be found on the TPWD Web site, show all state parks, state natural areas and state historic sites within 60 miles of each of the major metropolitan downtown areas. “Most people living in the big cities like Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio don’t realize that there are actually quite a number of state parks that are only an hour’s drive away, which hopefully will make it easier for them to find time to get out more often to enjoy the relaxation of a day in a park’s natural setting or a visit to a state historic site,” said Darcy Bontempo, TPWD marketing director. The 60-mile maps also contain links to each of the parks’ Web pages. Visitors can click on a park and read about its available activities and natural resources and get directions.

“There’s no need to pack a suitcase, plan for months or even save up a lot of money,” Bontempo said. “Just hop in the car and take a day trip to a state park nearby for a few hours of hiking, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and more.”

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