by Victor Sotelo and Anthony Pekowski for KTAB (Abilene CBS Affiliate), 01/28/2015
"A new state park is in the works for Palo Pinto County near the city of Strawn.
According to Strawn city officials, the proposed project could bring the city a huge economic boost.
"Back in the twenties, Strawn had approximately 5,000 residence, and it's been in a slow decline ever since then," Jeff Hinkson, Strawn Chamber of Commerce, said."
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by Doualy Xaykaothao - Aug 8, 2014
"Texas will soon have a new state park – and it's a little more than an hour west of Fort Worth.
Palo Pinto Mountains State Park is 4,400 acres. It's a gorgeous slice of land in the rolling woodland near the town of Strawn, population 700.
It won't open for at least a few more years, but locals are excited about the park's potential."
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Fort Worth Star Telegram Editorial, 08/08/2014 6:48 PM
"Newcomers grin when we talk about the Palo Pinto Mountains.
But the gentle hills in western Palo Pinto County are the only mountains we have near Dallas-Fort Worth, and we want to enjoy them.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told us we could. When state officials gave up on the idea of an Eagle Mountain Lake State Park northwest of Fort Worth in 2006, officials told us they would use the money for a much larger, more useful Palo Pinto Mountains State Park a short drive away near Strawn.
Eight years later, Texans have yet to see the new park.
Texas Parks and Wildlife officials say they need more money to add trails, campsites and other facilities before they can open the park.
The Palo Pinto park is one of four state parks bought but never opened for the lack of funding. Besides an estimated $30 million to finish all four parks, it also would take about $1.5 million each year to operate them.
Every city thinks the nearest park is the most important, but there is a good case for funding the Palo Pinto park soon."
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