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April 20th, 2012
Hays County adopts parks, natural areas masterplan

A wetlands area in the Spring Lake Natural Area, which was bought with city and county funds. PHOTO by DON ANDERS


About a year in the making, the Hays County Parks, Open Spaces and Natural Areas Master Plan, a 10-year guide for parks and preservation in unincorporated areas of the county, has been approved by the commissioners court.

“Hays County is growing fast, and quality of life for the people who live here generally includes parks and recreation facilities,” said Jeff Hauff, the county’s grants administrator.

“Through the planning process, our residents were able to tell us what they consider to be priorities in the county. As funds become available, the County can move forward with creating or adapting spaces that provide for both active and passive recreational activities. Not only will we have a map to follow in providing these areas, we have a plan that we can provide for potential funders,” he said.

The plan places high priority on preserving land along rivers and streams and preserving Hill Country geographical features.

Counties and cities must replaces their parks masterplan every decade and update it every five years to secure Texas Parks & Wildlife Department grants. The county’s first such plan was developed in 2002.

Hays County Parks Master Plan

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