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Mayor Closes San Marcos River Parks to Protect City from COVID-19

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Mayor Closes San Marcos River Parks to Protect City from COVID-19

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Lions Club Tube Rental also announced it will close on June 25. Located in the Rec Hall at San Marcos City Park, the non-profit provides tubes for floats that last an hour and end at Rio Vista Park.

The mayor of nearby San Marcos today said she is closing her city’s river parks beginning at 8 p.m. June 25 to keep the community safe from COVID-19.

Natural areas will remain open. For complete information, click here.

Mayor Jane Hughson said in a statement on SanMarcosTx.gov that San Marco’s COVID-19 case count has skyrocketed over the last week.

“By preventing large gatherings of recreational visitors in nearby parks we are doing our part to ensure our local health organizations don’t exceed capacity in treating seriously ill patients,” she said. “Our (city) council supports staff as they continue efforts to keep our community safe and keep people from becoming sick.”

As of June 19 there were 812 active cases of COVID-19 in San Marcos with 103 recoveries and two deaths.

On June 18, Hays County Judge Ruben Becerra issued an order requiring the wearing of masks in public.

Lions Club Tube Rental, which had planned to launch an online reservation system on June 20 to protect customers and employees from COVID-19, also announced it will close, too.

“By preventing large gatherings of recreational visitors in nearby parks we are doing our part to ensure our local health organizations don’t exceed capacity in treating seriously ill patients.”

Park areas that are closed will be marked with signage and chain-link fencing. Violators will be subject of fines up to $1,000 and will face possible arrest on charges of criminal trespass if they refuse to listen to the police.

San Marcos’ dog park, skate park and natural areas will remain open. Hayes County Veterans Memorial will remain accessible but river access will be restricted.

All public restroom facilities and water fountains in city parks and natural areas will remain closed until further noticed.

Closed

  • Rio Vista Park
  • City Park
  • San Marcos Plaza Park
  • Juan Veramendi Park
  • Bicentennial Park
  • Children’s Park
  • Crook Park
  • Dog Beach
  • Cape’s Dam
  • Thompson’s Island
  • J.J. Stokes Park
  • Ramon Lucio Park
  • Wildlife Annex/Wilderness Park

Other park facilities that remain closed are Children’s Park Playscape, City Park Playground, tennis courts, all neighborhood park playgrounds and neighborhood park basketball courts. Rio Vista Pool remains closed.

Natural Areas

Natural areas in the city will remain open but with social-distancing requirements of at least six feet between individuals who do not live in the same household. Masks must be worn otherwise. Visitors are prohibited from gathering in groups of more than five people.

Open:

  • Blanco Shoals Natural Area
  • Prospect Park Natural Area
  • Purgatory Creek Natural Area
  • Ring Tail Ridge Natural Area
  • Schulle Canyon Natural Area
  • Sessom Creek Natural Area
  • Spring Lake Natural Area

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