Something exciting and historic took place in Blanco State Park last Thursday, November 21st. The Friends of Blanco State Park held a Groundbreaking Ceremony to celebrate the beginning construction of their newly designed Naturescape Activity Center. Balloons, newly purchased trees and the beautiful Blanco River served as the backdrop for this “shovels up” occasion.
The Naturescape Activity Center is a first for the Texas Parks and Wildlife system, and will serve as a model for other parks. Naturescapes are designed to encourage play experiences that enhance and encourage development at all of a child’s stages and ages. Equally important, they also connect children with nature through imaginative free play, and learning experiences that increase knowledge of the world around them, encourage sustainable living and benefit their physical and mental health. Blanco State Park’s Naturescape is projected to provide these benefits to our community and well beyond.
There was quite an impressive group on hand to help celebrate, including our State Representative, Jason Isaac, State Park’s Regional 3 Director, Todd McClanahan, Blanco Mayor, Chuck Homan and County Commissioner, Paul Granberg. Representatives from LCRA, whose grant allowed this project to get off the ground, and Texas Children in Nature San Antonio were also present and showing their support for the concept and the shared mission.
Visit Blanco State Park and watch this project develop, or volunteer to help the Friends of Blanco State Park in a range of important and needed roles. Project designs and photos of what the Naturescape Activity Center will look like are available to the community.