Those interested in solving the legislative neglect of Texas' state parks and who will be in the Houston area on Friday, April 7, take note. On that day, there will be a forum—hosted by the University of Houston-Downtown, the Sierra Club, and the Texas Coalition for Conservation—called 'Concerned Public to the Rescue of Texas State Parks.' It will address plans on where to obtain the necessary money to adequately fund our parks.
From the Houston Chronicle:
"We're hoping to give people the information they need to be effective advocates for the state park system," said Evelyn Merz, who is helping coordinate [the forum] at the University of Houston-Downtown.
"How park funding got into this tremendous crisis is much less important than how we solve the problem — how we find a long-term solution to the funding issue," Merz said.
To do that, the public and politicians need to grasp the gravity of parks' problems and see some potential methods of resolving it, she said.
To that end, forum speakers will including Walt Dabney, director of the state parks division of Texas Parks and Wildlife, and Joe Turner, director of the City of Houston's parks and recreation department, to help explain underfunding's impact on parks and the public.
Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend. But perhaps we can put something like this together in San Antonio, and other cities around Texas, soon.