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Safety Rest Areas: Brooks County

(Reconstructed facility opened in 1998)
2 sets of Men's and Women's Restrooms Drinking Water Handicap Access Picnic Tables

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Colorful tiles and clay ceiling tiles reflect 
a rich cultural mix near the Texas-Mexico border
Various material and inventive 
construction method create a rich visual effect
View of a restroom building
The restroom buildings frame a central open area,
recreating a village scale similar to early towns in the local vicinity
spacer View of Brooks County Safety Rest Area among the oak trees
View of Brooks County Safety Rest Area among the oak trees
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Location

  • US 281, approximately 9 miles south of Falfurrias, southwest of Corpus Christi.
  • Latitude = 27.0942 Longitude = -98.1464

Features

  • 2 sets of Men's and Women's Restrooms
  • Picnic Tables
  • Drinking Water
  • Walking Trail
  • Handicap Access

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    Miscellaneous

    • A featured stop on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail because of the year round bird sighting opportunities
    • Current facility opened in year 1998, it was reconfigured with double sets of restrooms, enlarged parking, more picnic arbors and walking trails
    • Located in South Texas near the border to Mexico, the reconstructed facility derives its design relevance from the merger of the region's history and its two cultures. The broken perimeter wall of the "park" recalls the early Texas ranch and mission compounds, and the centrally clustered public amenity buildings frame a large "public" opening, re-creating a village scale similar to early towns along the Rio Grande in South Texas
    • The design has won several state and national honor awards, including: - Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) 1999 - Honor Award from Texas Society of Architects, 1998 - Award from the Brick Industry Association, 2001 - Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.), 1999 - Award from the Brick Industry Association, 2001