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Sea Rim State Park reopens
JEFFERSON COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Families can once again enjoy Sea Rim State Park after its' official reopening Friday.
The 4,100 acres of beaches and marshes, 16 miles of paddling trails and more than 5 miles of shoreline are a refuge for animals, plants and people.
"It's a good place for hanging out in the sun and if you just want to get away from it all," park visitor William Herman said.
"I've got to say this is the best park I've probably ever seen," Ashton Herman said.
Hurricanes Ike and Rita destroyed Sea Rim State Park years ago.
"It completely took out all of our buildings all of our infrastructure, we started from square one," park superintendent Ben Herman said.
Friday, the park's rebounding and reopening with more than $2 million dollars of improvements.
"We want to protect it and leave it like mother nature wanted it to be, but allow people to come in and see it for its uniqueness and beauty," Ben Herman said.
The park doesn't just benefit nature and the ecosystem, though, it's also a boost to local economy.
"Every single tourist that comes to my park has to come through Sabine Pass and Port Arthur and Beaumont and every single one of them, they're gonna buy gas, they're gonna buy groceries, they're gonna buy tents and that's supporting the local economy," Ben Herman said.
It's about more than money for families visiting the park.
"Born and raised in Sabine Pass, Texas, this is where I grew up, this is home," Marilyn Alford said.
It's a chance to remember the good times and create new ones.
"You can't buy the experience that you're gonna get out here with your family and building new memory out here at Sea Rim State Park," the superintendent said.
The opening marked the completion of phase one, but there's more planned for the park. Phase two of development includes a new headquarters, tent platforms and dune fence.