UPDATE: Lake Houston-area parks, trails remain open for public use amid coronavirus concerns

East End Park is a 158.5-acre park that features developed and natural trails. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
East End Park is a 158.5-acre park that features developed and natural trails. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

East End Park is a 158.5-acre park that features developed and natural trails. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Editor's note: This article will be updated as new information is received.

Updated March 27:

Harris County officials issued a stay-at-home order for March 25-April 3, while Montgomery County officials issued a stay-at-home order and a nightly curfew beginning 11:59 p.m. March 27-April 12.

While Humble parks, Kingwood parks and the Lake Houston Wilderness Park are still open, park goers must avoid using specific amenities at the parks, including playgrounds and public exercise equipment. Residents are also instructed not to sit on benches or picnic tables, avoid touching surfaces, and avoid courts, such as basketball courts.

Meanwhile, the Lake Houston Wilderness Park has since closed its cabins and dining hall in addition to the Nature Center. Other park amenities are still available, according to a March 26 news release from the city of Houston.

Updated March 23:

With numerous city and county facilities closed during the coronavirus concerns, there are some Lake Houston-area amenities residents can enjoy while practicing social distancing. Parks and trails across the Lake Houston area are, for now, remaining open.

All four city of Humble parks—Hirsch Memorial, Schott, Uptown and Timberwood parks—are open, said Clint Coombs, superintendent of Humble Parks and Recreation.

"Our Schott Park on Will Clayton has a two-mile track and two small playground areas [open]," Coombs said. "We also have a pavilion people can come eat lunch and enjoy their time off with their families."

Bathrooms at Humble parks are being cleaned twice daily, while playground equipment is cleaned every two weeks, Coombs said.

As of March 23, the Kingwood Greenbelt trail system and other Kingwood parks are open, according to Kingwood Service Association officials. Parks such as Creekwood Nature, Deer Ridge, East End Park and River Grove Park offer local residents the opportunity to go on hikes, eat lunch in an open-air pavilion or play disc golf. Northpark Recreation Area is closed, as it is used exclusively for organized sports, which would violate the mandate prohibiting no more than 10 people to gather.

Additionally, Lake Houston Wilderness Park in New Caney is also open, but the Nature Center is closed to the public and will remain as such until further notice, according to park officials. The park features 20 miles of hike and bike trails, horse trails, fishing, a canoe launch, a playground, a sandbox, cabins, campsites and screen shelters.
By Kelly Schafler

Editor, Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood

Kelly Schafler is the editor for the Lake Houston, Humble and Kingwood edition of Community Impact Newspaper, covering public education, city government, development, businesses, local events and all things community-related. Before she became editor, she was the reporter for the Conroe and Montgomery edition for a year and a half.



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