A Texas wildlife sanctuary is set to get a makeover with a plan to convert its parking lot into a public park, the state’s Department of Transportation announced Monday.
The $1.6 million project will create a wildlife refuge and outdoor space on the property where a former wildlife refuge once stood.
It’s a small but significant change for a sprawling public property that is home to wildlife sanctuaries across the country.
The land, which was part of the former Wildlife Refuge for Animals (WRFA), will be turned into a park, a department spokesman told CNN.
The change comes amid a string of controversies over how the land is managed.
The agency was forced to move the sanctuary from the former location of the wildlife refuge to the state in 2015 after a judge ordered the agency to do so, citing an ongoing investigation into allegations of human trafficking. Read More