The Woodlands Township board of directors heard a revised reopening plan May 21 following changes in orders from Gov. Gregg Abbott's office.
The board heard the revised plan from Parks & Recreation Director Chris Nunes, who said a new executive order from Abbott provided additional direction for township amenities.
Among the changes is allowing groups of 10 to gather at parks, beaches and bodies of water, which Nunes said allows the township to open more facilities.
"What we'll be implementing over the next few days is beginning to open up the sports complexes, such as Bear Branch, Gosling and Alden Bridge," Nunes said. "We will be putting the nets back up on the volleyball courts [and] putting the remaining rims back on the basketball courts, and we will open fully the community gardens."
With regard to to the sports complexes, Nunes said no reservations will be taken for the time being, and groups of 10 or fewer will be permitted to use the facilities. More than 10 people will be allowed on the fields, but groups will need to remain limited to keep social distance. For approved youth organizations, practices are scheduled to begin June 1 with games beginning June 15.
Nunes said other recreation facilities, such as the Riva Row Boat House, are also increasing the number of reservations from four to eight. Since reopening 10 days ago, the boat house has seen 1,640 people.
Texas Treeventures is currently projected to reopen June 6, and playgrounds are beginning to reopen with signs encouraging residents to use them at their own risk.
Looking to the near future, Nunes also discussed events, such as July 4.
"We know we won't be able to do [Red, Hot and Blue Extravaganza] in the traditional sense," Nunes said. "What we are proposing is a concept like a drive-in Fourth of July fireworks. We are working with strategic partners to leverage large parking lots and campuses."
Nunes added the budget for the drive-in celebration would be about $150,000, which includes purchasing the fireworks, security, advertising and cleanup.
The board unanimously approved the recommendations presented by Nunes.
The Woodlands Township outlines additional reopening plans
The Woodlands Township board of directors met for a regular meeting to discuss reopening facilities May 21. (Courtesy The Woodlands Township via Zoom)