UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 3:47pm
coryell county, tx — Mother Neff Park Superintendent, Leah Huth is one of the many gracious park officials honoring four Central Texans.
"It just warms my heart to see that there's other people out there that care so much about their land that they're willing to share it with other people," said Huth.
Larry and Charlotte Weiss, as well as the Scott family donated a total of 142 acres to the oldest state park in Texas.
"We know now that our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandchildren can always come back down and be in this park land and know it was our land too," said landowner Charlotte Weiss.
Most of the land in Texas is privately owned. With this donation, the 259-acre park will have more access to the river and provide a habitat for some endangered species. It's all part of an effort to preserve natural resources.
"A lot what we're trying to do is to protect the natural and cultural resources of access to the public so they can come and recreate," said Rodney Franklin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Regional Director of State Park Region 5.
This is the park's first expansion since opening in 1937.