WORD to Reopen Comal Park a Month Early and With Major Upgrades
Comal Park will reopen on March 1, a month earlier than planned, and visitors will notice several upgrades and new features, Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) General Manager Mike Dussere said in an interview on Wednesday.
WORD, which took over the day-use park from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) last year, also decided to keep the park open an extra month by closing it for the winter season on Oct. 31. WORD was committed to keeping its first year of operations consistent with USACE’s schedule.
Now the park, which is located on the south shore of Canyon Lake near Startzville, is under WORD’s supervision and its board of directors want to move forward with a new schedule and plans for new upgrades, all completely funded by the $10/car entrance fee.
Last year, revenues generated by the entrance fee exceeded expenses by $12,000.
This year’s upgrades include:
- An additional parking area to alleviate road congestion and long lines. Currently under construction, the parking lot is located by the main swim beach.
- Providing a vendor area for food trucks and kayak rentals. WORD is ironing out the details on vendor policies.
- Adding an additional life-jacket loaner station down by the beach.
- A walking-trail system on 80 acres of the park that are not used. Planning is underway.
Dussere said he is passionate about these improvements and making a better recreational opportunity for everyone.
In 2020, WORD doubled-down on trash pickup, bathroom sanitizing and added more staff.
Existing amenities at Comal Park include picnic sites, two boat ramps, a pea-gravel and sand swim beach, a playground, and restrooms throughout the park.
The park has a variety of recreational activities including a sand volleyball court, soccer goals, and four washer pits. There are two boat ramps.