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Feb. 7, 2022
Media contact: Lydia Saldaña
Phillips 66 Donations Enhance Outdoor Experiences Across Texas
Thanks to the generosity of Phillips 66, visitor experiences at parks across Texas have improved. In an ongoing partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF), Phillips 66 has funded a variety of conservation and recreation projects in state parks, as well as the Neighborhood Fishin’ Program.
At Lake Corpus Christi State Park, a recently completed nature playscape invites children of all abilities to enjoy the new park feature. The accessible playscape features a natural design and will no doubt be a popular attraction for the park’s youngest visitors. Funds from Phillips 66 have also enhanced the park’s mountain bike trails. Thepark’s popular Catfish Point Trail has been improved, and a new trail will soon connect two existing trail segments. Lake Corpus Christi State Park hosts more than 150,000 visitors annually.
Phillips 66 is also helping to enhance neighborhood fishing experiences in Amarillo and Pasadena. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Neighborhood Fishin’ Program provides an opportunity for year-round recreational fishing in local lakes for urban youth and families. The program encourages people of all ages and abilities to learn a new outdoor activity and catch their first fish while spending quality time with family and friends. Phillips 66 generously sponsored two lakes, one at Medical Center Park in Amarillo and one at Burke Crenshaw Park in Pasadena. TPWD regularly stocks the Neighborhood Fishin’ locations with channel catfish throughout the year and rainbow trout in winter months.
“We’re thrilled to see these projects come to fruition to benefit park visitors across the state,” said Claudia Kreisle, Manager of Social Impact at Phillips 66. “Our partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation aligns with our corporate philanthropy focus on environment and sustainability. Our employees live and work in communities across Texas, and we’re pleased to help enhance these park experiences for all.”
Since 2018, Phillips 66 has invested more than $1 million in conservation and recreation projects through a philanthropic partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation. Projects include a grassland habitat restoration project at Choke Canyon State Park near Corpus Christi, water bottle filling stations at Palo Duro Canyon State Park near Amarillo, and equipment purchases benefitting several coastal area parks. Several other projects are still underway, including development of a comprehensive trail system in the Big Tree area of Goose Island State Park, and a boardwalk project at Sea Rim State Park near Beaumont.
“Phillips 66’s generous investment in Texas’ wild things and wild places is providing great joy, beauty, outdoor experiences and inspiration for millions of park visitors across the state,” said TPWF Executive Director Susan Houston. “We are deeply grateful to Phillips 66 for its commitment and dedication to ensuring that our state’s natural and cultural resources flourish, both now and for generations to come.”
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation raises private funds to advance Texas’ proud outdoor traditions and conserve our state’s wildlife, habitat, recreational areas, and natural resources. Since 1991, Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation has invested more than $220 million in efforts to ensure that all Texans, today and in the future, can enjoy the wild things and wild places of Texas.