Sep 20, 2013 12:25 PM by Janine Reyes
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The Bastrop fires in 2011 are the most destructive our state has ever seen.
Flames destroyed more than 1,600 homes and caused more than $325 million in damage to property.
The fire also destroyed plenty of trees.
Now, those trees are being recycled and put to use at the new Schlitterbahn park out on the island.
Schlitterbahn corpus christi is under construction now, but a little known fact about the $41 million park, is that parts of it have some history and a lesson in sustainability. Wood from the Bastrop fires will be used througout the park.
So, as elements of a new Schlitterbahn Waterpark come together, a little bit of Texas history is remembered.
The Bastrop fires burned for more than a month in 2011, leaving behind plenty of destroyed trees.
"The wood all came from the Bastrop fires." said Schlitterbahn Corpus Christi General Manager Stan Hulse.
Parts of those trees are now a part of this building inside the new park.
"Most of the wood you see was originally slated for just turning into mulch by the city of Bastrop, Schlitterbahn went in, recognized the potential and actually hauled off all that wood," said Hulse.
And there is plenty of wood stored at their site in New Braunfels.
"They mill it themselves and turn it into building materials, they probably have enough to build several more parks, that's how much wood it is," said Hulse.
Not only are the damaged trees being used all over Corpus Christi's park, but, they also used them while building their resort just south of us on South Padre Island.
"That wood is used for everything from structural nature to the coffee tables inside the rooms, to the front desk table, its used quite extensively and you'll see a lot of that too here in the Corpus Christi site, " Hulse explained.
This weekend, several people from Bastrop will be touring the South Padre Island resort to see how the park used pines from their fire. Park officials say, they're also working on signage that will explain their use of that wood througout the park, they hope that will be a lesson in sustainability.