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Old 01-24-2023, 10:22 PM   #1
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Unhappy Fairfield State Park

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Old 01-24-2023, 10:25 PM   #2
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Landowner's right to sell their property.
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Old 01-24-2023, 11:12 PM   #3
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Wow I grew up fishing and camping on that lake. Hope TPWD can come up with the funds to keep it!
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Old 01-25-2023, 04:45 AM   #4
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Texas is one of the most prosperous states in the US, generated a huge budget surplus and still can't figure out how to make this happen?
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Old 01-25-2023, 07:37 AM   #5
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That Sucks. Its one of my favorite lakes to fish. Great Campgrounds now that all the Tilapia castnetters are gone. If they sale I might look into buying a lot up there.
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Old 01-25-2023, 07:43 AM   #6
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We’ve hunted it a couple of times through the draw system. It’s a neat place. Would hate to see them sell it, but it makes a lot of sense for a developer to buy it with all of the infrastructure already in place.
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Old 01-25-2023, 07:46 AM   #7
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Texas is one of the most prosperous states in the US, generated a huge budget surplus and still can't figure out how to make this happen?
Figuring it out probably isnít hard. The $$$ is the issue.

The developer has eyes on many millions of dollars in profit for an exclusive and private lake, golf course, million dollar homes, etc. They can legally do it and it is understandable. Had this been completely private property to begin with then one would notice or probably even care. Private property sales for private ventures is done daily.

Make it public property for generations with a great outdoor spot for average people and it really hurts that money has overcome the stateís (in this case every member of the public) interest in retaining it.

There seems to be an easy and legal way retain the property for the park. The problem is the funding though and I doubt that it will be done. Claim eminent domain, seize the property and pay the market value.
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Old 01-25-2023, 07:55 AM   #8
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I assumed they would have to buy it all instead of the smaller amount the State had the park on. I had not thought about eminent domain usage.
It’s a shame our funding is so screwed up with the Tpwd funds that they don’t use them strictly for wildlife and hunting even though as hunters we fund it!
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Old 01-25-2023, 08:56 AM   #9
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I guess I was wrong for assuming that these parks were state owned for public use.


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Old 01-29-2023, 03:54 PM   #10
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Now the state is saying they have the money to purchase it but it might be too late. Somebody dropped the ball big time.

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The state of Texas is poised to lose an 1,800-acre state park that has been open to the public for nearly 50 years, as the private landowner plans to sell the property to a developer. Fairfield Lake State Park, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas-Fort Worth, is one of 89 state parks in Texas. It offers 10 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding, along with extensive shoreline for fishing. But the land, though used as a public resource, is not actually publicly owned. TOP VIDEOS Fairfield_MaeganLanhamTPWD_1.jpg Fairfield Lake State Park, approximately halfway between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, has been open to the public for nearly 50 years. But the private owner of the land now plans to sell the property to a developer. Maegan Lanham Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Texas Parks and Wildlife has leased the 1,800 acres since the 1970s from Vistra Corp., which used to operate a power plant nearby. Fairfield Lake itself, which is more than 2,000 acres, was constructed as a cooling reservoir for that power plant. The company, through subsidiary Luminant, closed that power plant in 2018 and placed its entire 5,000-acre property on the market in 2021. Get unlimited digital access Try 1 month for $1 CLAIM OFFER The land, including the lake and the state park, was listed for $110 million and advertised as the “largest private water offering in the state of Texas.” The listing sparked concern that the park could be closed under a different owner. Until recently, the park remained open and unsold. In 2022, the park saw about 82,000 visitors, Parks and Wildlife staff said. But now, the property is under contract. And the potential new owner “has no intention of continuing the state park lease,” according to a Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting agenda from late January. The buyer is not identified in the meeting agenda and Vistra declined to identify the buyer, but Parks and Wildlife officials said they’ve met with Shawn Todd, of the Dallas-based development company Todd Interests, about the property. Todd did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. TX Politics newsletter Get government and election news that affects our region, plus a weekly take exclusive to the newsletter. This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. The closure of a state park would strike a particularly hard blow in Texas, which has relatively little public land to begin with. Of all the land in Texas, only about 5% is publicly owned. Fairfield_MaeganLanhamTPWD_2.jpg Fairfield Lake State Park could soon close to the public. Maegan Lanham Texas Parks and Wildlife Department It’s also not the way that Janice Bezanson, the senior policy director for Texas Conservation Alliance and a longtime conservationist, had hoped to start 2023. This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of Texas’ state parks; it had been slated as a year of celebration, as well as the opening year for the state’s newest park, in Palo Pinto. “What we were hoping to do was to highlight the need to be expanding parks,” Bezanson said. “And suddenly we’re starting the centennial year with the prospect of closing one, which is really a shame.” Vistra spokesperson Meranda Cohn said in an email that the company has provided the land for public use, at no charge, since the 1970s. “We have received no compensation,” Cohn wrote. “The company has continued to be responsible for the upkeep of the lake, dam, and property taxes.” Cohn said that when Vistra closed the power plant in 2018, it notified Parks and Wildlife and encouraged the department to make an offer on the full 5,000 acres. Beaver Aplin, the founder of Buc-ee’s who serves as chairman of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, said the department didn’t have the money at the time to purchase the property. The agency asked instead to buy just the park land. Both Aplin and Cohn said Vistra was only interested in selling the entire property. “We never got to first base,” Aplin said. “The answer was, ‘No, we’re not splitting it, we’re doing it as one sale.’” The company then began marketing the entire property for sale publicly in 2021. And while Vistra’s position on selling the entire property intact has not changed, the state’s budget has. The department now has the money to purchase the entire 5,000 acres, said the Parks and Wildlife Department’s executive director, David Yoskowitz. The funding shift is thanks to a 2019 amendment to the sporting goods tax, which Yoskowitz called “a game changer for the department.” But now the property is under contract. If the situation doesn’t change, Vistra has indicated to Parks and Wildlife that the sales contract will take another step forward on Feb. 3, Aplin said. It’s unclear what the buyer will do with the land if the sale goes through. The listing agent, Cash McWhorter of the Hortenstine Ranch Co., declined to answer specific questions. However, the listing itself describes the whole 5,000-acre property and its 21 miles of shoreline as a “blank canvas offering massive development potential.” The land, the listing says, could be turned into “a private ranch, hunting and fishing club” or developed for “residential, commercial, corporate, leisure, theme park, and resort” uses. Bezanson, the conservationist, said she can’t remember another time when a Texas state park has been fully lost to the public. Although properties sometimes change hands, she said they’ve typically remained open to the public. “This would be kind of a first, for a public park to suddenly become private and off-limits to the public,” Bezanson said. With a contract already in place and another deadline rapidly approaching, there isn’t a lot of time to find a solution that would keep Fairfield Lake State Park open to the public. But both Aplin and Yoskowitz said they’re still hopeful. “We’d like to buy the whole thing,” Aplin said. “We now see a path to do that.”

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Old 01-29-2023, 04:12 PM   #11
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Sounds like TPWD was just sitting back and playing dumb waiting to see what was going to happen.

Sure hope they don't lose it. Not many state parks with boating access. Only about 1/4 of the 88 parks have Lake access.

Ponds yes, but not lakes.

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Old 01-29-2023, 05:26 PM   #12
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What a cluster fluck for the people of Texas
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Old 01-30-2023, 07:24 PM   #13
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Eminent domain the mf’er. Considering all the garbage they use (the ability to eminent domain) it for, surely a park, open to anyone, for fishing/camping(some hunting), ought to qualify....
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Old 01-30-2023, 07:51 PM   #14
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Texas is one of the most prosperous states in the US, generated a huge budget surplus and still can't figure out how to make this happen?
They got plenty of money but nobody is willing to give up their two assistants and personal secretary in exchange for purchasing more land for the public.
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Old 01-30-2023, 07:54 PM   #15
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are they gonna have decent price lots? I’ll be in the market for a lake house soon
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Old 01-30-2023, 09:51 PM   #16
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Upper echelon at it's finest ����
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Old 01-30-2023, 10:34 PM   #17
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How so?


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Old 01-30-2023, 10:48 PM   #18
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I’m surprised it took this long to sell, with the layout of that piece of property and its location between Houston and Dallas it’s prime for development. Doing the same thing on Hwy 7 in Leon County, I believe it’s a piece of what was the Center Ranch.
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Old 01-30-2023, 11:02 PM   #19
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Yet another cluster **** brought to us by txpw.
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Old 01-31-2023, 05:20 AM   #20
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Iím surprised it took this long to sell, with the layout of that piece of property and its location between Houston and Dallas itís prime for development. Doing the same thing on Hwy 7 in Leon County, I believe itís a piece of what was the Center Ranch.
Sad to see the center ranch being broken up
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