Exciting news for residents in Dripping Springs, the city has received a 300-acre land donation. It will be the site of the future Rathgeber Natural Resource Park and Boy Scout Camp. This donation more than doubles the city’s parkland to 570 acres. And the property is appraised at approximately $5.7 million.
About Rathgeber Natural Resource Park and Boy Scout Camp
It is thanks to the generosity of Rick Rathgeber and Rathgeber Investment Company LTD that this park is becoming a reality. The city says the land will provide residents with a place for recreational activities where they can immerse themselves in nature. For those in the Caliterra community, the park and all it offers will be just nine minutes away. And astronomy fans will want to plan nighttime visits for Texas stargazing.
The agreement also stipulates the setting aside of 66 acres for Capital Area Boy Scouts of American Council in Dripping Springs. If you have a future Scout or you want to become a BSA volunteer, this is going to be an invaluable resource right in your backyard.
The park’s mission is “to preserve, protect, and connect a piece of the iconic Texas Hill Country to visitors.”
What’s Next for Rathgeber Natural Resource Park?
The master plan and creation of the park will take two to four years. The City of Kyle voters have approved funding from the Hays County Parks and Open Spaces $75 million bond in the last election.
Before the park is open to the public, the city will verify the park follows its four guiding principles. These ensure the park meets the highest standards for water quality, nature education program, conservation plan, and responsible outdoor recreation.
Visit Hays 2020 Parks Bond website for a fact sheet and other information about the park.
If you want to live this amazing resource, this is the time to look at new homes in Dripping Springs. The park is likely to drive up interest. We can’t wait to see progress on this park that will have you feeling right at home with nature.