San Marcos closes parks; Hays County residents have coronavirus hotline

The city of San Marcos has closed parks to encourage social distancing. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of San Marcos has closed parks to encourage social distancing. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of San Marcos has closed parks to encourage social distancing. (Evelin Garcia/Community Impact Newspaper)

Cities and counties in Central Texas are moving more toward social distancing by allowing more services to be online, including public comment for meetings. Also, there are several changes for the public. The following updates are for San Marcos, Buda, Kyle and Hays County.

Travis and Williamson counties are under a stay-in-place order, which has not been ordered in Hays County.

Closed in San Marcos

The city, at 11 p.m. March 24, closed all riverfront parks, including Rio Vista, City Park, Plaza Park, Veramendi, Bicentennial, Children’s Park, Crook Park, Veterans Memorial Park, Dog Beach, Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, Stokes Park, Ramon Lucio Park and Wildlife Annex/Wilderness Park.

On March 23, the city closed the children’s park playscape, all neighborhood park playscapes, the dog park and skate park.


All public restroom facilities and water fountains in all city parks and the natural areas will also be closed and shut off effective 11 p.m. March 23, according to a release.

“It’s very important that we take all precautions to halt the spread of this virus and to not put our families and communities at risk,” Mayor Jane Hughson said in a release by the city. “We encourage residents to continue to exercise, take walks, enjoy family time and follow social distancing recommendations in your daily routine. We can beat this, but must work together to make it happen.”

Hotline for Hays

A new hotline to address questions about the coronavirus has been set up for Hays County residents. The call center has been established by the Hays County Local Health Department and the city of San Marcos.

Residents may call the hotline at 512-393-5525 with nonemergency questions about coronavirus from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Spanish speakers will be available. Online help in English and Spanish is available at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Courts are limited

Many Hays County courts have limited trials and hearings. Court costs, fines and fees can be paid at www.certifiedpayments.net (Bureau Code 5779509). For all services, visit www.hayscountytx.com/courts/district-clerk/ .

Buda extends deadlines

The city of Buda has dozens of openings for boards and commissions, for which the application deadline is now being extended. The city’s website, www.ci.buda.tx.us/95/Boards-Commissions, lists the available openings and offers an application.
By Joe Warner
Joe Warner is executive editor of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor for Central Texas and senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.