NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - New ownership is breathing new life into Shirley Creek Marina. It couldn't come at a better time. The previous owners filed for bankruptcy, leaving room for changes.
"It was a progressive decline. The previous owners, of course they had to live up to standards of the Corps of Engineers, and couldn't. They didn't have the resources to do everything the corps was asking," said Shirley Creek Park Manager Paul Cota.
New owners have already pumped a million dollars in improvements since buying the park a year ago. It's only the start. Management is taking the time now to spruce the place up and handle any necessary maintenance needs before the busy season begins.
"You come out and enjoy yourself, and you don't have any kind of problems, and stuff like that, breakdowns or whatever. It makes it more enjoyable for you and the next time you come by," said Shirley Creek Park Maintenance worker, Bobby Whisenant.
Already, the lower RV park near the water has all-new electrical wiring. Soon, work will get underway to bring a store back to the grounds and put a sandwich shop near it. Cota say it's all for the locals who frequent the marina.
"To revitalize this park, the economy in the near future doesn't look like it's going to a point where people can travel from a long distance to come. So, we're focusing on local people," said Cota.
They're hoping the improvements and warmer weather will create fond memories for a new generation of East Texans.
"Shirley Creek has always been a nice place to bring your family. It's a beautiful area. I mean, we have bald eagles out here. What more could you ask for?" said Whisenant.
As water levels continue to rise, boating will be even more ideal.