San Marcos to reopen river access, city parks after ‘steady decline’ in COVID-19 cases

Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, and Rio Vista pool will remain closed

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SAN MARCOS, Texas – It’s double good news for San Marcos as city officials announced they are reopening river access and most city parks because the city “has experienced a steady decline in active [COVID-19] cases and a sustained low number of new cases with fewer hospitalizations.”

Public facilities, riverfront parks, neighborhood park playgrounds, athletic complexes, tennis and basketball courts are expected to open Sept. 16 at 8 a.m. and the Children’s Park Playscape is expected to reopen Sept. 18.

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Capes Park, Thompson’s Island, and Rio Vista pool will remain closed, according to San Marcos city officials.

“As we welcome the public back to enjoy our facilities, parks and beautiful river, we ask that the community remains diligent in following CDC guidelines, local and state-mandated regulations and works together to continue to stop the spread of COVID," said City Manager Bert Lumbreras. “Our goal is to keep our facilities and parks open and accessible to all.”

As part of an ongoing effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, restrooms in City Park, Children’s Park and William & Eleanor Crook Park will be cleaned twice daily, officials said.

Access to park amenities like picnic tables and pavilions will still be limited and barbecue grills and pop-up shelters are not permitted, city officials said.

Parks expected to open are:

  • Bicentennial
  • Children’s Park
  • City Park
  • Crook Park
  • Dog Beach
  • Plaza Park
  • Ramon Lucio Park
  • Rio Vista
  • Stokes Park
  • Veramendi
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park
  • Wildlife Annex Park

The Lion’s Club Tube Rental and other tubing outfitters remain closed due to an executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott.

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