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Posted on: April 10, 2020

All City Parks, Trails, Natural Areas to Close Easter Weekend

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To continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and maintain social distancing throughout the upcoming holiday weekend, the City of San Marcos will close ALL parks, playscapes, natural areas, open spaces, and trails from 11 p.m., Friday, April 10, until early Monday morning, April 13.

Parks & Recreation Director Drew Wells said City parks and natural areas typically see a significant increase in traffic over the holiday weekend as families and groups enjoy the outdoors. He said it was a difficult decision to make but ultimately, he believes, the right one.

"We understand our community would love to be able to celebrate Easter in our beautiful parks," Wells said. "But we cannot take the unnecessary risk and jeopardize the gains we are making in the fight against COVID-19. Our community can stop the spread of the coronavirus by continuing to follow the Orders from Governor Greg Abbott, Mayor Jane Hughson and the recommendations of health officials.”

On Monday, April 13, natural areas will reopen beginning at 6 a.m. Once they reopen, visitors to these areas are reminded to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals outside your household and that groups/gatherings of more than ten people are prohibited.

“When our natural areas and trails within these areas reopen, visitors are also encouraged to be aware when these areas are wet and muddy as excessive use can result in considerable damage being done to the trails,” Wells said.  “Deep ruts or footprints created when the trails are muddy may provide safety hazards for future use.” 

The following park areas will continue to remain closed through at least May 11 per City directive issued by Mayor Hughson on March 24: playgrounds, playscapes, the skate park, dog park, restrooms, water fountains and all river front parks.

River front parks include Rio Vista, City Park, Plaza Park, Veramendi, Bicentennial, Children’s Park, Crook Park, Veteran’s Memorial Park, Dog Beach, Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, Stokes Park, Ramon Lucio Park, and Wildlife Annex/Wilderness Park. 

San Marcos will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the State Department of Health Services, the Hays County Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control. For current updates, helpful resources and useful links, visit the City’s dedicated COVID-19 website at www.sanmarcostx.gov/covid19info

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