Easter camping to be allowed at Brackenridge, 8 other San Antonio parks this weekend

City parks and fire departments offer tips for campers

SAN ANTONIO – After a two-year ban on Easter camping at San Antonio parks due to COVID-19, authorities have decided to lift the curfew for this weekend.

Parks and Recreation Department officials on Monday announced that the typical park curfew will be lifted at nine city parks for the Easter holiday.

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The curfew lifts at 11 p.m. on Thursday and resumes at 11 p.m. Sunday, city officials said in a news release.

Overnight camping will be allowed at the following parks during that time:

- Brackenridge Park, 3700 N. St. Mary’s (excludes Brackenridge parking areas)

- J Street, 3500 J Street

- McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger

- Roosevelt Park, 331 Roosevelt Ave.

- San Pedro Park, 1315 San Pedro Ave.

- O.P. Schnabel Park, 9606 Bandera Rd.

- Southside Lions Park, 3100 Hiawatha

- Southside Lions East Park, 3900 Pecan Valley

- Woodlawn Lake Parks, 1103 Cincinnati (excludes the Island House and gym areas)

“We’re excited to bring back this San Antonio Easter tradition after being on hold during the last two years. Families, friends and neighbors can enjoy spending time together again, outdoors, in our city’s beautiful green spaces,” Parks and Recreation Director Homer Garcia III said in a news release.

“We encourage visitors to do their part to ensure our parks remain clean by disposing of litter and recyclables properly. Whatever you pack into the park, please remember to pack it out.”

The release added that over Easter weekend in 2019, visitors disposed of 33 tons of trash and 3 tons of recycling at Brackenridge Park alone.

The parks department offered the following tips for campers:

  • Follow the principles of pack it in, pack it out. Whatever items visitors bring, remember to pack them out.
  • Park guests are reminded that recycling bins are available in the parks and should be used for plastic bottles and cans. No glass containers are allowed.
  • Food-contaminated waste should be disposed of in trash cans.
  • Patrons are urged to bring extra trash bags and remove their trash at the end of their stay in the park.

San Antonio Fire Department offers the following fire safety tips for campers who plan to barbecue:

  • Take care around the grill - Never leave a lit grill unattended. Don’t allow kids or pets to play near the grill. Never try to move a lit or hot grill and remember the grill will stay hot for at least an hour after use.
  • Be careful with charcoal starter fluid - If you use a charcoal grill, only use charcoal starter fluid. If the fire starts to go out, don’t add any starter fluid or any other flammable liquids to the fire. Consider using a charcoal chimney starter, which uses newspaper to start the fire instead of starter fluid.
  • Wear the right clothing - Clothing can easily catch fire, so be sure your shirt tails, sleeves or apron strings don’t dangle over the grill.
  • Grease Fires - Remember, if a grease fire starts on the grill, do NOT pour water on it. For charcoal grills with no lid, please call 911. To safely extinguish a grease fire on a gas grill, turn off the gas and close the lid, if you can safely do so, and call 911.
  • Charcoal Grills - Extinguish all the coals, safely dispose of the ash, and then clean the grill to prevent any additional fire.
  • Safe ash disposal - Make sure ash is cool. Wrap the ashes up in foil. Never place in a recycle bin.

Park visitors who have a non-emergency service request can call 311, which is available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. For emergencies, call 911.

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