- Associated Press - Sunday, January 31, 2016

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - A planned state park in the Palo Pinto Mountains region west of Fort Worth is one of five across Texas waiting to be completed.

The planned 4,395-acre park needs an estimated $30 million for roads and other improvements before it can open to the public, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department officials told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (https://bit.ly/1SkIXGh ).

“We really won’t know until the design work is done and the bids go out,” said Brent Leisure, the department’s director of state parks.

Palo Pinto Mountains State Park is a top priority for the state, Leisure said.

Located near Strawn, about 75 miles west of Fort Worth, the park features a lake and a forest of oak, mesquite, cedar elms and pecan trees.

The opening of the park, which will take at least until 2020, is expected to be a boon for a town best known for the chicken-fried steak served at local Mary’s Cafe.

“I grew up roaming around that land as a kid and I can’t wait for people to see it,” said Danny Miller, the city secretary. “It’s really something special.”

Other parks still in development include the Albert and Bessie Kronkosky State Natural Area northwest of San Antonio, Davis Hill State Park in Liberty County, the Dan A. Hughes Unit of The Devils River State Natural Area, and the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, https://www.star-telegram.com


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