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Port Mansfield tourism boost: 28-acre parkPort Mansfield tourism boost: 28-acre parkhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=50622014-02-05T12:52:00Z2014-02-04T00:00:00Z

PORT MANSFIELD, WILLACY COUNTY - A $1.2 million, 28-acre park will be built on Port Mansfield’s southern end, according to County Judge John F. Gonzales. The county plans to break ground in February 2014.

The park will offer families a new bayside attraction as development spreads across the waterfront. Families will pump more dollars into the small fishing village, said Christine Simmons, manager of the Port Mansfield Chamber of Commerce.

Port Mansfield is the jewel of Willacy County,” said Gonzales. “It’s one of the top ten fishing places in the country and the place we have to attract additional tourism.”

The new park will have the following amenities:

•  a 500-foot fishing pier at the Laguna Point Recreation Area
•  a kayak ramp and a 20-foot dock
•  a 20-foot observation deck extending into the bay,
•  a 1,000-sf pavilion designed for bird watching,
•  covered park benches with barbecue pits, and
•  a playground and restrooms

The county will build the new park with a $500,000 state grant and $700,000 from a Texas General Land Office program that gives coastal counties money from oil production revenue.

On Port Mansfield’s northern end, a $100,000 project funded through state oil production revenue will build new restrooms at Fred Stone Park.

The county also plans to improve the nature trail on Mansfield Dr. near the community’s public boat ramp. Projects goals include extending the 100-foot trail and constructing an observation deck.

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