Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court has signed a resolution in support of locating a Youth Agriculture Facility at Texas State University’s Freeman Ranch to serve as a home for youth agriculture education and events that have been held until recently at the Hays County Civic Center, which is scheduled to close this month. The Freeman Ranch is located off of Ranch Road 12 between San Marcos and Wimberley.
The Hays County Civic Center Advisory Board, formed and tasked by the Commissioners Court to find a suitable permanent replacement site to hold youth-focused agriculture activities, determined that locating a facility at the Freeman Ranch would provide the agriculture education opportunities for area youth while supporting the Freeman Center’s goals of promoting education. The board has formally approached the University to discuss the possibility.
“Our Civic Center has served Hays County well since it was built in the early 1970s, but it is in need of major repair and the land it sits on east of IH-35 in San Marcos is now more valuable for commercial development,” said County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D. “It makes sense to sell it and help fund a more appropriate location. The Freeman Ranch is a large parcel of land, and the advisory board believes that an educational facility might fit somewhere on it that can be used by both our youth and University students and staff.”
The County has an agreement with Dripping Springs Ranch Park to hold youth agricultural activities there until a new facility is found.
"I am optimistic the University will work with the County on this important issue,” said Precinct 3 Commissioner Will Conley. “It is good public policy that would help Hays County children who are focused on agriculture and the tax-payers of Hays County, as well as provide for business opportunities at our old Civic Center site along IH-35. It is a win-win for all involved."