Lake Houston State Park Transfer Proposal

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposal to GIVE Lake Houston State Park to the City of Houston, which would operate it as a city park.

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Lake Houston State Park is 30 miles north of Houston between New Caney and Splendora. About three fourths of its five thousand acres is unspoiled wilderness, and the rest is used for camping, hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature study. State Parks regional director Jerry Hopkins says they want to give the park to Houston because the state doesn't have the money to develop it any further.

The proposal now under consideration would transfer ownership of the park at no cost to the City of Houston, which would become responsible for the park's maintenance and security. Hopkins says Houston has to agree to some guidelines in developing the park, or it would revert to the state.

Hopkins says the state wants assurances that Houston will keep the park as close to its natural condition as possible. A public meeting on the transfer will be held tonight at 7 pm, at the Community Development Center in Splendora, on highway 59 in Montgomery County. The Parks and Wildlife Commission will vote on the transfer at its January meeting.

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