Financial problems have compelled the closing of the Cooper Lake Center in Hopkins County. A few light poles remain in an abandoned parking lot where bluegrass concerts and other events were held.
The South Sulphur Regional Development Association, sponsor of the Cooper Lake Center since the mid-1990s, has said it decided to close the facility for financial reasons.
The center, occupying former farm land on County Road 4777, has depended almost entirely on private donations.
Cooper Lake State Park remains open. But, the road to the spillway - which is not within the park boundaries - has been closed.
Two days into the federal government shutdown, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff have been emphasizing to the public that state parks remain open.
This week, Luke visits with Bob Harper, a director with Texas' highly successful Operation Game Thief.
COOPER - City of Cooper Mayor Scotty Stegall announced Monday the tennis courts at the City Park were finished with renovations.