Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission unanimously approved a resolution on Thursday night to give the senior director of the TWD department the authority to take all necessary steps to acquire about 5, 000 acres in Freestone County, including Fairfield Lake State Park.
Legislators from both the House of Representatives and the Senate who have demonstrated their support for land acquisition and made it one of their major priorities have made the potential purchase of Fairfield Lake State Park and its adjacent land possible. This activity reaffirms the state leadership, TPW Commission, and TWD’s ongoing dedication to preserving the garden and acquiring new parkland for all Texans both now and in the future.
To look into more legitimate options to preserve Fairfield Lake State Park, the Commission furthermore discussed calling a special committee meeting for the first week of June.
In 1971, TPWD leased Fairfield Lake State Park from Texas Utilities, which is now Vistra Energy. The garden became accessible to the general public in 1976. It receives an average of 80,000 visitors annually and is known for events like horse riding, family reunions, cruising, fishing, trekking, and hiking. It is named after the 2,400-acre Fairfield Lake.
Since the park’s walls were reopened in March, more than 5,700 people have supported it, and TPWD is happy to have the opportunity to continue to welcome more Texans.