Between them, the city and county have committed $3 million for improvements to the natural area but an interlocal agreement prevents all of the funds from going toward land purchase without associated improvements needed to make the land accessible to the public.
Plans also call for a wildlife observation area, a nature center, a native plan garden, restrooms, trails — and an internal park road to get there. The nature center plans hit a snag earlier in September when the city council declined to award a design contract for the project; since then, council members have batted around the prospect of scaling down the project or putting it on hold indefinitely.
Thanks to Marion Posey, Hays County, the Trust for Public Land, the City of San Marcos, the Edwards Aquifer Authority, the Nature Conservancy, the Meadows Foundation, and the Knobloch Foundation, 107 acres will be added to Purgatory Creek Natural area, bringing the total acreage of PCNA to just over 570 acres. SMGA continues to work with these partners to add contiguous parcels in the expansion of PCNA, and we remain optimistic. To hear more information on the PCNA expansion, attend our annual meeting, January 21st, to hear from Scott Parker of the Trust for Public Land.
Sean Batura of the San Marcos Mercury included this summary of the status of potential future improvements at PCNA in a recent story (link below):