Enjoy the sights of the future San Saba River Nature Park
In late March 2011, a huge crane placed a couple of forgotten, old railcars over Mill Creek -- the flatcars' new home, where they will serve as bridges to create a walking trail that connects two city parks with LCRA's new San Saba River Nature Park. LCRA gave the 1940s-1950s-era military flatcars new coats of paint and recycled the retired railcars for a use that can be appreciated by both visitors and residents in a community that's rich with ties to the railroad.
Earlier this year, LCRA purchased land to develop the first LCRA-owned park in San Saba County. The new 40-acre park property includes a large pecan orchard with some centuries-old trees and frontage on Mill Creek and the San Saba River. Initial plans call for the park to have a variety of amenities, including a hike and bike trail around the park, fishing areas, an archeological interpretive area, wildlife viewing sites, primitive camping, parking, and restroom facilities. Watch a slideshow of Billy Moore's photos of the future San Saba River Nature Park.
LCRA is partnering with the City of San Saba on the new park. LCRA will develop it and the city will operate and maintain it.
Michael G. McHenry, of LCRA's Board of Directors, speaks to the San Saba Garden Club (October 6, 2009) about the development of the San Saba River Nature Park. The Garden Club has requested space to develop and maintain a butterfly garden in the park.