It’s now a fair question whether Gov. Rick Perry just ignores the Texas state park system or actively hates it. The parks, and the Parks and Wildlife Department, have been suffering funding cuts throughout the Breck Model’s tenure, to the point that many of the state’s parks are in serious disrepair. Now, according to the Star-Telegram, which has been a bulldog in covering the parks debacle, the governor’s office has actually been trying to sell off 400 acres of park land at Eagle Mountain Lake in Tarrant County. To developers, energy and oil companies, whatever.
Keep in mind that Texas parks lands are part of only about 6 percent of all land in Texas that is publicly owned, and 3 percent of that is for right-of-ways. So Perry wants to take from the 3 percent of public lands (mainly parks and historic sites) what little is already there.
Texas deserves better stewardship.