UPDATED: Council votes to restrict Lake Pflugerville hours

Residents may no longer access parts of Lake Pflugerville around the clock after Pflugerville City Council voted Tuesday night to amend entry hours.

Residents may no longer access parts of Lake Pflugerville around the clock after Pflugerville City Council voted Tuesday night to amend entry hours.

Updated 8:21 a.m., Aug. 29: The ordinance on Lake Pflugerville hours has to go back for second reading and vote by City Council Sept. 11, per city officials.

Original post: It was incorrectly reported the ordinance was amended to allow camping. Language banning camping on the Lake Pflugerville grounds was lifted from the amended parks ordinances, though city officials say camping will not be allowed.

Residents may no longer access parts of Lake Pflugerville around the clock after Pflugerville City Council voted Tuesday night to amend entry hours.

The new hours for Lake Pflugerville entry are now restricted to 4 a.m.-10 p.m. on Sunday-Wednesday and 4 a.m.-midnight on Thursday-Saturday.

Prior to Tuesday night's vote, 24-hour access was afforded to the trail surrounding Lake Pflugerville for hiking, biking, walking and jogging. Fishing was also allowed on Lake Pflugerville throughout the entirety of the day. Use of the rest of Lake Pflugerville was restricted from sunrise to 10 p.m.

Now, all activities in Lake Pflugerville are restricted to the new hours.

The item was brought to discussion by council after Pflugerville Mayor Pro tem Omar Pena on June 12 raised concerns about littering at Lake Pflugerville.

Previously, Pflugerville Police Assistant Chief Jason Smith told council that the department has issues enforcing existing park rules due to the park trails' 24-hour access. City officials also cited a high volume of noise violation reports called in by residents in the communities surrounding Lake Pflugerville.

"Through discussions over several years with the police department, it has been determined that enforcement of these provisions is problematic," city documents state.

On July 19 the Parks and Recreation Commission voted to recommend that Lake Pflugerville hours stay the same. The commission also recommended the ordinance be amended to include language that assisted law enforcement.

At its July 24 meeting, Pflugerville City Council rejected that recommendation and voted to direct staff to come back to the dais with a revision to set the hours from 4 a.m.-midnight The Parks and Recreation Commission voted Aug. 17 to recommend the amended hours that were approved Tuesday.

The amended ordinance additionally also outlines a maximum $500 Class C misdemeanor fine for trespassing on Lake Pflugerville property beyond the specified hours.
By Iain Oldman
Iain Oldman joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 after spending two years in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he covered Pittsburgh City Council. His byline has appeared in PublicSource, WESA-FM and Scranton-Times Tribune. Iain worked as the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition and is now working as the editor for the Northwest Austin edition.