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An iconic spring-fed swimming pool in West Texas that closed last year for repairs has reopened following $2 million in upgrades.

From Texas Standard:

Not all darkness is created equal. In a place like Big Bend, the night sky reaches depths not present closer to a big city. That's also true of Devils River State Natural Area, located about 60 miles north of Del Rio. It’s the newest dark sky sanctuary – so designated by the International Dark-Sky Association.

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, located in the Texas Panhandle
Texas Parks & Wildlife

Just ahead of Spring Break 2019, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department has made it easier to go online and book specific campsites, cabins and shelters.

An aerial view of the popular spring-fed swimming pool at Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale. Balmorhea and other Texas state parks have an estimated $781 million in deferred maintenance needs.
Chase A. Fountain, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department via The Texas Tribune

 

About 80 miles west of downtown Fort Worth, the already-named Palo Pinto Mountains State Park — with a scenic ridge overlooking a lake and more-than-ample space for camping — promises to be a huge recreational draw.

The spring-fed pool, photographed in 2006, at Balmorhea State Park has been closed since last May.
Associated Press

An oil and gas company operating in West Texas has donated $1 million to reach the fundraising goal for repairs to what's touted as the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool.

From Texas Standard.

Texas has a state bird, a state flower — even a state insect. What most Texans don’t know, however, is that the state also has an official play, and this year marks its 50th anniversary. And, though millions around the world have seen the musical, many Texans have yet to experience it.

It happens six nights a week for three months every summer. Crowds gather at an outdoor amphitheater at Palo Duro Canyon State Park outside of Amarillo, as they have for the past 50 years. They come to see a musical they won’t see anywhere else.

It’s called ‘Texas.’ It’s kind of like the more-famous ‘Oklahoma,’ except it’s about, well, Texas.

Take A Sneak Peek At The Newest State Park In Texas

Aug 8, 2014
Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

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.

A public hearing last week featured Texas Parks and Wildlife employees and attracted a big crowd. Locals had lots of questions. 

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department faces a $4.6 million shortfall following a difficult period of wildfires and drought. Bill Zeeble has more on the Department's plan to improve the bottom line.

Parks and Wildlife Director Carter Smith says the Department has faced tough times before in its 88-year history.

Smith: But certainly now, this is a particularly daunting one. We have a very real and urgent and critical need, But fortunately we don't think it's an insurmountable one.