City lifts barbecuing prohibition at parks

Published On: Jan 23 2012 01:22:23 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 23 2012 01:25:25 PM CST
SAN ANTONIO -

Residents can once again fire up the grill at city parks.

A temporary prohibition on open flames was lifted Monday by city officials, effective immediately.

The prohibition, which included the use of propane, charcoal or wood barbecue pits, was a preventative measure due to severe drought conditions during the summer months.

Open flames continue to be prohibited at selected parks that have a Natural Areas designation. The parks include Friedrich Wilderness Park, Crownridge Canyon Park, and Eisenhower Park, which have thick, natural vegetation and have fewer water lines. The prohibition, though, has been lifted at Phil Hardberger Park and Walker Ranch Historic Landmark Park, which feature barbecue pits and family picnic areas.

Residents are urged to exercise caution and to be vigilant when barbecuing in the parks. Fire extinguishers, a bucket of water, or sand, should be kept in close proximity to any open flames, which should never be left unattended.

In addition, a smoking ban on park property has been lifted. But smoking is still not allowed at playgrounds and pavilions.