Blind curves, steep driveways and a narrow right-of-way are hallmarks of Park Road 36, a route traveled frequently by bus loads of children and others en
Blind curves, steep driveways and a narrow right-of-way are hallmarks of Park Road 36, a route traveled frequently by bus loads of children and others en route to Camp Grady Spruce and the Boy Scout Camp.
In response to an article in the Lake Country Sun, Judi Pierce, information officer with Brazos River Authority, submitted information that contradicts, in some instances, information from Texas Department of Transportation and information in the article. In her response, Pierce denied that BRA ever authorized more than one right-of-way for the construction of Park Road 36. "There are not separate easements," Pierce noted. "The easement for Park Road 36 across BRA property was granted in one easement document in 1964," Pierce reported that the current Park Road 36 was built while that property was owned by the State Parks Board. That was in contradiction to a statement from Natalie Galindo, information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation. Galindo had said the road was built at BRA's request. "They went to TxDOT and said, 'we want you to build a roadway on our property.' "That road was built in the 1940s," Galindo said. "It complied with the standards in 1940." "BRA did not own the property in the 1940s except from January 1940 through early September 1940, when it was deeded to the State Parks Board," Pierce noted. "BRA recovered possession of the property in 1953. Additionally, we have no records or indication that BRA ever requested the road or requested the Texas Highway Department to build the road." Pierce submitted the time line of events surrounding Park Road 36. Dec. 22, 1939: Tract 3-1-94 containing 1,165.9 acres was conveyed to BRA for the purpose of building Possum Kingdom Lake.

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A portion of this property is where Park Road 36 is now located. Sept. 14, 1940: 6,969.73 acres (including the portion of property where Park Road 36 was subsequently located) was conveyed by BRA to the State Parks Board in consideration for the parks board clearing the lake basin on the 6,969.73 acres of standing timber between elevation 950 and 1,000 MSL and utilizing the property for state park purposes. 1945 or 1947: The Texas Highway Department executed a Minute Order extending Park Road 36. It is our understanding that this Minute Order placed Park Road 36 in the State Highway System. The land where Park Road 36 was located was in the possession of the State Parks Board at this time. Jan. 29, 1953: In a judgment rendered in Cause No. 17622, BRA repossessed from the State Parks Board the 6,969.73 acres (including where Park Road 36 is now located) it previously conveyed to the State Parks Board for failure to not clear the property of standing timber between elevation 950 and 1,000 before the lake filled and not utilizing it for park purposes. Oct. 30, 1964: In response to a request from the Texas Highway Department to expand, reconstruct and relocate portions of Park Road 36 located on BRA property, BRA granted the Texas Highway Department an easement to accomplish these tasks. It is our understanding that the Texas Highway Department never proceeded with the relocation portion of this work. Park Road 36 was in existence at this time. Galindo also said BRA likely paid for the construction of Park Road 36. "BRA does not believe this to be true, as BRA has no records indicating that BRA paid for or requested construction of Park Road 36," Pierce emphasized. "In fact, as far as we can ascertain, Park Road 36 was constructed while the land it occupies was owned by the State Parks Board."