News & Events

Re-opening Plan
Phase 3 (Current)

It’s important to remember that indicators for public access to facilities and park amenities in each phase include : a stable decrease of new COVID-19 cases; appropriate support for medically at-risk populations; and, the ability to effectively monitor, test, trace, and isolate new cases. Updates on the re-opening of park amenities will be posted at saparksandrec.com and social media channels @saparksandrec. 

About the Re-opening Plan
On April 28, the COVID-19 Health Transition Team appointed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff released a multi-phase plan for reopening our community as safely as possible. The plan offers guidance based on public health evidence, data, and expertise to re-open San Antonio and Bexar County.

Read more about the Health Transition Team's Implementation Plan. For more details on the re-opening phases, please visit the COVID-19 Health Transition Team’s Report, A Guide to Opening San Antonio and Bexar County.

Parks & Trails
• City parks, trails, dog parks and green spaces are open. 

Park Amenities
• Basketball courts, fitness stations, playgrounds, skate parks and sports fields are open. 
• Tennis courts and disc golf courses are open. 
• Bathrooms and water fountains are open.
• Splash pads remain closed until March 2021. 
• Outdoor pools will resume seasonal operations (May – Aug. 2021)

Gatherings/Special Events/Reservations
• Ron Darner Reservations Office is open. 
• Community Centers will be available for reservation in January 2021. 

Facilities
• The Enrique Barrera Fitness Center is open. 
• Select Adult & Senior Centers are scheduled to reopen January 2021.
• Natatorium is open with a modified operating schedule.
• Urban Ecology Center at Hardberger Park is open with a limited capacity. 

Programming
• Daytime Virtual Learning Hubs will open in 4 locations with an anticipated capacity of 50 participants per location.  
• Programs at 9 community center locations will be available in the evenings Monday – Friday and Saturdays.
 
Social Distancing Information:
If you choose to visit a park, please follow CDC and local health guidelines and practice social distancing.


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Park Closures

Facility Closures as of Nov 23

COVID-19  

Bonnie Connor Park Playground - is temporarily closed due to repairs. It will tentatively reopen at the end of November. 

Dawson Park playground (2500 E Commerce St) is temporarily closed due to park maintenance work happening nearby. The playground is scheduled to reopen by Nov. 6. 

Dog park at McAllister will be closed for repairs on 10/26 and will be reopened 10/29.

The following playgrounds are closed for maintenance starting 10/5/2020 until further notice:

• Brackenridge 
• Conner
• Elmendorf (small one closed, large one open)
• Landa Library (large one closed, small one open)
• Pearsall (large one closed)
• Spicewood 


 

McAllister Park – 

  • Due to sewer line work, some areas at McAllister Park will be closed beginning Monday, September 28 - Tuesday, September 29. 
  • The road will be closed at the Buckhorn Rd gate east of the Mud Creek low water crossing near Lower Bee Tree Soccer Fields (fields will be open) and the Buckhorn Rd gate at Turkey Roost. 
  • Leaping Fawn will be closed at the bollard gate near McAllister Little League and the adjacent sports fields will be closed.  
  • Pavilions 2 & 3 (Optimist), adjacent playground, and the paved trail next to it will also be closed.  
  • Access will be open to the Turkey Roost area, Al Beckon Pavilion area, areas east of Mud Creek, areas south of lower baseball/soccer area, and trail areas north of the Optimist Pavilion playground, and trails south and west of the lower baseball/soccer fields.

Eisenhower Park Restrooms - Eisenhower restrooms are closed for maintenance until further notice. Port-a-lets are available for use. 

Eisenhower Park hill tower - The tower is closed for structural repairs and is expected to be reopened in early 2021.

 PArk closures as of Nov 10 


Bonnie Connor Park Playground - is temporarily closed due to repairs. It will tentatively reopen at the end of November. 

McAllister Park - The Blue Loop trail is closed for approximately two weeks for a SAWS construction project. 

Dawson Park playground (2500 E Commerce St) - The playground is temporarily closed due to park maintenance work happening nearby. The playground is scheduled to reopen by Nov. 6. 

Dog park at McAllister will be closed for repairs on 10/26 and will be reopened 10/29. 

The following playgrounds are closed for maintenance starting 10/5/2020 until further notice:

• Brackenridge 
• Conner
• Elmendorf (small one closed, large one open)
• Landa Library (large one closed, small one open)
• Pearsall (large one closed)
• Spicewood 

McAllister Park – 

  • Due to sewer line work, some areas at McAllister Park will be closed beginning Monday, September 28 - Tuesday, September 29. 
  • The road will be closed at the Buckhorn Rd gate east of the Mud Creek low water crossing near Lower Bee Tree Soccer Fields (fields will be open) and the Buckhorn Rd gate at Turkey Roost. 
  • Leaping Fawn will be closed at the bollard gate near McAllister Little League and the adjacent sports fields will be closed.  
  • Pavilions 2 & 3 (Optimist), adjacent playground, and the paved trail next to it will also be closed.  
  • Access will be open to the Turkey Roost area, Al Beckon Pavilion area, areas east of Mud Creek, areas south of lower baseball/soccer area, and trail areas north of the Optimist Pavilion playground, and trails south and west of the lower baseball/soccer fields.

Brackenridge Park - Low water crossing is closed until further notice. 

Palo Alto Park -The Palo Alto Park parking lot will be under construction beginning September 2020. The lot will remain open for regular use during parking area construction until the end of October. Near the end of October 2020, the entire parking lot area will be temporarily closed to all vehicular traffic in order to complete the final connection. During temporary closure of the entire parking lot area, park patrons driving to the park are advised to park at the following alternate area: Cortez Branch Public Library (2803 Hunter Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78224)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail Closure Updates as of Nov 4 

 

(Trail Closure Notice) - Please use caution on trails before/after rain events. Don't cross trails that are under water. Trails may have mud + debris after rains. For your safety + to prevent trail damage, please wait until are dry to resume activities. #treadlightly #loveyourtrails

 

McAllister Park - The Blue Loop trail is closed for approximately two weeks for a SAWS construction project. 

Eisenhower Park - Due to construction on the Greenway trailhead, there will be limited parking near the construction site. Construction is scheduled to begin March 9. The Hillview trail along with south border of Eisenhower Park will also be closed for construction beginning approximately November 2020, to be rebuilt in concrete and incorporated into the Leon Creek Greenway trail system.

Salado Creek (Loop 1604 to Eisenhower Park) – The remaining one mile of trail through the quarry area along the south border of Camp Bullis, including the Eisenhower Park trailhead, is expected to be completed and opened to the public in December 2020.  

Medina River Greenway – A portion of the Medina greenway trail on the east end of the Medina River Natural Area (MRNA) is closed for erosion repairs. Maintenance is anticipated for completion in November 2020. While all trails within the MRNA itself will remain open, trail users wanting to access the Medina River Greenway should enter through one of the several other trailheads locations to the east (at Applewhite Road, Pleasanton Road, Hwy 281, or Mattox Park).

Salado Creek Greenway – Ira Lee Road and access to the Oakwell Trailhead are currently closed for SAWS sewer construction.  While the roadway will continue to be under construction, the Oakwell trailhead parking area will be reopened in November.  The main Salado trail continues to be open to public use.

Salado Creek Greenway – Closure of trail near I-35 and Seguin Road, just south of Jack White Park Trailhead – The trail is currently closed for TxDOT highway construction.  There will be intermittent highway construction closures (to be announced) through November 2020.

Espada Trail Connection (Mattox Park to Mission Espada) – The crosswalk at 281/S. Flores and Roosevelt Drive is currently under construction by TxDOT.  The crosswalk, which will connect the Espada segment to the rest of the Medina River Greenway trail system, is anticipated to be completed by November 2020.

Salado Creek Greenway – Closure of Eisenhower Road trail connection – The trail connecting the main Salado Creek Greenway trail to the intersection of Eisenhower Rd and Holbrook Rd is currently closed for SAWS construction work but is expected to reopen in November 2020.  The main Salado trail will continue to remain open.

Apache Creek Greenway – Trail Closure (SAWS construction) - SAWS is constructing a sewer replacement project, requiring closure of the Apache Creek Trail from 19th street to San Jacinto Street.

 

Please call 311 to report closed locations not reflected in this report

 

 

***WHY ARE THE TRAILS CLOSED?***

All natural surface trails are impacted by foot traffic, and the impact on these trails is magnified when they are wet. People leave depressions and ruts on wet trails, and this can result in permanent damage in the form of erosion and trail widening. Every centimeter of soil that gets washed away due to erosion takes 200 years to be replaced. The best environmental management practices as well as a concern for patron safety require that trails be closed when they are wet. Friedrich Wilderness Park is joining the San Antonio River Authority, Government Canyon State Natural Area, and other state and national parks, in implementing a policy of closing wet trails. Please help protect our natural resources by obeying trail closure signs. Your cooperation and understanding will help preserve Friedrich Wilderness Park for future generations.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All programming and classes are suspended.

The Summer Youth Program will not be offered in 2020.
Check back to this webpage periodically or follow Parks and Recreation social media for alternate activities that may be offered.


Saturday, November 28, 2020