Interim Director of Public Safety Chase Stapp announced at a City Council meeting May 19 that selected riverfront parks will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
The city will be reopening Rio Vista Park, City Park, Dog Beach, San Marcos Plaza Park, Juan Veramendi Plaza Park, William & Eleanor Crook Park, Hays County Veterans Memorial, JJ Stokes Park and Ramon Lucio Park, including the San Marcos Wildlife Annex.
The skate park and tennis courts at Rio Vista Park will also be open to the public, according to a May 20 release from the city.
In addition, playgrounds, basketball courts, and pavilions in all parks will remain closed, along with the Rio Vista Pool. Parks that will continue to be closed include Bicentennial Park, Children’s Park, Thompson’s Island, Cape’s Dam and the Dog Park.
Bathroom facilities and hand-washing stations will available to the public. They will be cleaned three times a day and will close at dusk.
Parking will be permitted at the Old Fish Hatchery Comm Building at Ramon Lucio Park and along CM Allen Parkway and Cheatham Street.
Additional facilities, including the San Marcos Public Library, the San Marcos Activity Center and other parks and playgrounds, will be opened based on the level of reduction of COVID-19 cases in the city and in Hays County.
The city will continue to evaluate park reopenings and to monitor coronavirus cases to determine if relaxing restrictions has a negative impact on public health.