Archive for May 6th, 2008

Getting Better All The Time: Abilene State Park

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

Passport to Texas from Texas Parks and Wildlife

Abilene State Park, acquired in 1933 by deed from the City of Abilene, has been in the park system 74 years.

And it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, and opening ceremonies were held on May tenth of 1934.

Okie Okerstrom, superintended of this nearly 530-acre site, says that new funding provided by the Texas Legislature will increase staffing at the park.

For the last four years we have been very short staffed. And so, through the successful legislative session, and the great work that our representatives have done for us, we are going to be able to bring some positions back, and be able to get fully staffed again.

Visitors over the past four years would be surprised to learn of the staffing shortage.

Yes, they would be, because we try to make that as transparent as possible. We still make sure that the restrooms are clean, and that the sites are ready for them, and hopefully it’s not obvious to them.

New funding also means new interpretive programs and events. One thing that stays the same, though, is the pool.

The action happens at the swimming pool—that’s the focus of the park during the summer. We have a lot of family reunions that come to Abilene SP because we do have a swimming pool. Some of our reunions have been coming for fifty years. It’s like family coming home to visit!

Details about Abilene State Park at

That’s our show… For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.
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