Texas State Parks-will they sell out

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  1. LBCOOPMAN

    LBCOOPMAN New Member

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    It has been in the papers etc. that one thing Texas is thinking of doing because of cost is allowing the state parks to become private entities. The state would still own the land but hire other companies to maintain and oversee. Also included will be setting their own fees and rules etc. I really hate to see this done-I fear it will become unaffordable to some of us. Other than signing some of the petitions that have come my way do not know that there is anything we can do but wait and see what happens!

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    I agree the prices will go up too much. We have paid for the parks already and still pay $20.00 + $5.00/person to use them now. Some cost more than others. How high will it go? Do you have any information on how to get involved?

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    Even though the wife and are get in free because we are disabled vets rated over 50%, the cost of camping is still on us, and right now its $18.00 per night, and I see it going up to $20.00+ per night. I sure hope they don't commercialize, they will go down hill I'm afraid, because then it becomes all a money game. Right now Texas Parks are a wonderful asset to the state only because of the present way they are run. I know each state is hurting for money and reduced budgets, but there has to be another way.

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  4. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    I'm from MA, but I sure hope they don't sell out your state parks. If it becomes a private entity, it will likely become populated by seasonals, higher fees, and not the same extra clean state parks like you're used to... <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blackeye.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Black Eye">

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    I've heard about them thinking of privatizing before but this article from our local paper gives me hope that it won't be any time soon. Why infuse almost $100 million if you are thinking of letting the parks go?

    Express News state parks story

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    It has already started. I live in East Texas and I know of four parks around here that are now either run by a private company or the park has been actually turned over to other organizations. The Texas State Railroad parks in Palestine and Rusk are a couple of examples. Some of the ones that have been turned over to other organizations, that I can think of right this minute, are Fort Parker (the actual fort not the park), Caddoan Mounds, Fort McKavett (south Texas). I'm not saying that these are bad things, because some have just happened, but time will tell. They are now out of the park system and out of the states control.
     
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    The Kerrville-Schreiner State Park was tuned over to the City of Kerrville a few years back. It was a nice park that needed a little work. The prices went up a bit, but now it is an excellent park.

    Sorry to hear about the Texas State Railroad, but if that's what it takes to keep it alive, so be it. Glad I got a chance to ride it before it happened. I notice that the prices grew by a sizable fraction.

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    I'd rather have the State raise prices then sell. That way you can be at least fairly certain that the money will be going to the right place.

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