UPDATED: Comal County closes parks and boat ramps through Easter weekend

Comal County and New Braunfels have closed parks and boat ramps for the duration of Easter weekend. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)
Comal County and New Braunfels have closed parks and boat ramps for the duration of Easter weekend. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Comal County and New Braunfels have closed parks and boat ramps for the duration of Easter weekend. (Warren Brown/Community Impact Newspaper)

Comal County Judge Sherman Krause announced on Wednesday, April 8, that all nine county-owned boat ramps at Canyon Lake and two county-owned parks would be closed from 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, through 5 p.m. on Monday, April 13.

“We have continued to see a lot of traffic at our boat ramps even as most residents have undertaken social distancing measures in compliance with state and county stay at home orders,” Krause said in a press release. “This order provides law enforcement additional tools to enforce these orders at places where people might otherwise congregate and spread the coronavirus.”

The affected parks are Hidden Valley Sports Park and Jumbo Evans Sports Park. Hike-and-bike parks, including Kleck Park and Curry Nature Center, are not impacted.

New Braunfels issued a similar order for its parks on April 3.

Both mandates were issued to limit the spread of coronavirus cases. The county reported 29 cases total, as of today, and 18 have been in New Braunfels, including one of the county's three fatalities.


Comal County and New Braunfels have stay-at-home orders that are active through March 31, though they could be extended.

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This story was updated to reflect a correction issued by Comal County about which parks are closed for Easter weekend.
By Warren Brown
Warren joined Community Impact at the beginning of 2020 as the editor of its New Braunfels paper and now reports the news in San Marcos, Buda and Kyle. Warren previously wrote for the Dallas Observer and Fort Worth Weekly and he brings a passion for truth and equality to his reporting.