Planning a Labor Day picnic? Prepping for family fun in the park? Time to rethink those end-of-summer celebrations.
The City of San Antonio and Bexar County announced on August 25 that all city- and county-operated parks will be closed for the Labor Day weekend, echoing similar policies enacted over the Memorial Day and Fourth of July holidays.
City parks will close beginning Friday, September 4, at 11:59 pm through Tuesday, September 8, at 5 am. All county parks will be closed to the public effective Friday, September 4, at 9 pm until Tuesday, September 8, at 9 am.
During the closure, all parks, including amenities, golf courses, tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, barbecue pits and pavilions, and other facilities, will be closed to the public. Among them are Hemisfair Park, King Park, Brackenridge Park, Pearsall Park, and Southside Lions Park. A map of city parks can be found here.
Bexar County parks affected by the closure include Mission County Park, Bullis County Park, Comanche County Park, and South San Civic Center. See a list of county-operated parks here.
Popular parks and amenities may be closed, but the city's Greenway trail system will remain open through the holiday weekend. County trails will be closed, unless a city Greenway trail runs through a county park, which will remain open.
Confused? Let us explain.
The Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail System will remain open for walking, hiking, and biking (at a six-foot distance, of course) through the holiday weekend. At points during its meandering 80-mile loop around the Alamo City, Greenway trails cut through county parks. Despite closing for Labor Day, those county parks will remain open only where the trails cut through.
City leaders say the closures will help curb the spread of COVID-19. San Antonio had a rough summer battling the novel coronavirus, and by the end of July it was among the hottest of the nation's "hot spots." As of press time, the City of San Antonio's COVID-19 dashboard has the threat listed as moderate — and would like to keep it that way.
"While we're seeing a slight improvement in our health indicators and metrics, we must stay the course and continue to follow the guidance of our health professionals," said Homer Garcia III, director of San Antonio Parks and Recreation, in a news alert. "Temporarily closing parks encourages the community to stay home, wear face coverings, and practice physical distancing."