This November, Texas voters approved Prop 14– the Centennial Parks Conservation Fund– with 76% of the vote. This $1 billion fund will enable the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to buy land to create dozens of new state parks.

But on top of that historic win for the state, voters in 9 Texas cities and counties approved another sum of $823 million in bonds to support local parks and recreation facilities.

Read more from Andrea Laueano and Luke Metzger with Environment Texas here.