U.S. Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and a bipartisan coalition of Texas representatives introduced the National Park Service Legacy Act to the House earlier this month as part of an effort to boost park maintenance funding.
The measure could provide up to $500 million annually through 2047 by allocating existing, currently unassigned revenues from oil and natural gas royalties that flow to the U.S. Department of the Interior into a restoration fund. The National Park Service (NPS) currently faces an estimated $12 billion in backlogged repairs. In Texas alone, there’s a $147 million need.
San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, which includes missions Concepción, San José, San Juan, and Espada, has almost $9 million worth of maintenance – everything from larger masonry and foundation projects to repainting facilities and maintaining historic acequias.