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Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation

Phillips 66 Donation Benefits Corpus Christi-area State Parks

Sept. 12, 2018

Media contact: Lydia Saldaña

Thanks to a donation to Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) by Phillips 66, two Corpus Christi-area state parks will see enhanced recreational opportunities and natural resource conservation efforts. A $75,000 grant for Lake Corpus Christi State Park will provide for erosion control on bike trails and a nature playscape. At Choke Canyon State Park, a $50,000 grant will enhance grassland restoration efforts.

“We thought supporting state parks in the area would be a good way to introduce Phillips 66 to the community since we are somewhat new to the region,” said Phillips 66 Philanthropy Director Claudia Kreisle. “The projects at Lake Corpus Christi and Choke Canyon State Parks also help us meet our goal to protect, beautify and promote our natural environment for the benefit of children and community residents.”

Lake Corpus Christi State Park in San Patricio County hosts more than 150,000 visitors annually. The park offers camping, hiking, swimming, fishing, birding, paddling and boating. The Phillips 66 grant will improve the park’s recreational values by expanding the current network of mountain biking trails and provide funding for a new nature playscape.

Choke Canyon State Park in Live Oak and McMullen counties is located on the shores of Choke Canyon Reservoir and receives more than 50,000 visitors annually. The park offers birding, camping, hiking, boating and fishing. Grassland restoration efforts will occur near the main entrance of the park. The area has become overgrown with mesquite and huisache due to natural fire suppression.

Along with projects in these two state parks, Phillips 66 has also provided an additional $150,000 for park enhancements at Palo Duro State Park near Amarillo, Sea Rim State Park near Beaumont and Brazos Bend State Park near Houston.

“Texas is fortunate to have such generous corporate citizens,” said TPWF Executive Director Anne Brown. “Thanks to this donation by Phillips 66, park visitors across the state will have more reasons to enjoy and visit Texas State Parks.”

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Since 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) has leveraged public funds with private philanthropy to advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat, recreational areas, and natural resources. Since its inception, TPWF has raised more than $170 million to help ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas.