Houston keeps parks open Memorial Day weekend with restrictions

Houston parks will remain open Memorial Day weekend but with parking and facility restrictions. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Houston parks will remain open Memorial Day weekend but with parking and facility restrictions. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

Houston parks will remain open Memorial Day weekend but with parking and facility restrictions. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

Houston's public parks will remain open Memorial Day weekend, but city-owned pools, which typically open for the season during the holiday, will stay closed, Mayor Sylvester Turner said May 21.

Parking will remain blocked off to encourage residents to bike or walk to a nearby park rather than flock to the city's largest sites, said Steve Wright, the director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

"There will be park monitors to constantly remind people to keep 6 feet apart and wear a mask," Wright said. "But this is something that we need to embrace and recognize is that our actions affect the lives of others as well."

Turner will consult with public health officials and Wright before determining when to reopen the city's pools and park splash pads, he said.

"It is impossible to promote social distancing in pools," Turner said "I would rather be more cautious."


During Easter weekend, another weekend with high anticipated turnout, city and county parks were closed to curb the virus's spread.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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