Lake Texoma State Park Airstrip reopens

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

MARSHALL COUNTY, OK - The Texoma State Park airstrip looked like back in July had a road map of cracks, full of grass, but now the surface is smooth.

And as of Thursday, the air strip passed inspection, which is good news for pilots.

"Sharon and I bought a place down on Washita Point, so this is just a great place to land," said Rick Mullaney, who actually lives in Reno, nearly three hours away by car but only 42 minutes away by plane. Pilots like Mullaney are why Marshall County Commissioner Chris Duroy wanted the strip the reopened, and he explains why the grass-filled cracks were a safety issue.

"There becomes a hump," said Duroy. "Well you don't want a plane that's landing to hit a hump of grass and dirt, it'll be just like your car hitting a pot hole."

Over the last month, the county has spent less than $10,000 fixing up the airstrip, killing the grass and filling in the cracks.

Now that it's open again the Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission hopes it'll propel the local economy.

"The airport has played an important role to the local community and the economy down here," said OAC Director Victor Bird. "The economy has a lot of..tourism, is a big part of that economy.

And Mullaney is glad to have his favorite landing place back.

"It's kind of a diamond in the rough right here," he said. "People really appreciate it."

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