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 are open at select locations. Visit splash pad page for more info.
• Outdoor pools will resume seasonal operations (May – Aug. 2021) with the opening of 6 swimming pools on weekends with some locations offering limited weekday hours. Additional pool locations will open in the Summer.

Gatherings/Special Events/Reservations
• Ron Darner Reservations Office is open. 
• Community Center reservations for indoor space are not yet available.
• Park Pavilion reservations will open 4/12/21 and can be done online through the department’s reservation system. Reservation of select indoor gymnasiums will begin later in the Spring contingent on hiring. Permit holders are responsible for ensuring COVID-19 protocols are adhered to (Maintaining Social Distancing/Masks Required When Not Engaged in Active Play). 
• Outdoor special event permitting is available with capacity limits ensuring physical distancing and face mask requirements as appropriate.

Facilities
• The Enrique Barrera Fitness Center is open. 
• Select Adult & Senior Centers will open on 4/12/21 with reduced capacity to maintain physical distancing.  Pre-registration will be required and both virtual and in-person programming will be provided. Meals and food commodities will continue to be provided via curbside.
• Natatorium is open with a limited capacity and modified programming.
• 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 12 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 may 12

Nani Faclone - There will be maintenance happening under the pavilion area 3 in the large dog park and 2 in the small dog park on May 10. 

Pearsall Park - Splash pad is closed for maintenance due to heavy rain until further notice. 

Hemisfair Park - Splash pad is down for maintenance due to heavy rain until further notice

Eisenhower Park - The lookout tower will be closed for repairs through April 29. Weather permitting.

Roosevelt Park - Clubhouse is temporarily closed for renovations.

The Woodlawn Lake Park - Island House is temporarily closed for renovations. 

Crownridge Canyon Park - Beginning Monday, March 1 the restrooms will be closed for renovation. 

Lockwood Park & Dignowity Park - Some amenities at Lockwood and Dignowity parks may be temporarily closed due to construction until fall 2021. 

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

• Brackenridge 
• Elmendorf (small one closed, large one open)

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

 park CLOSURE UPDATES AS OF MAY 12

(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  

Nani Faclone - There will be maintenance happening under the pavilion area 3 in the large dog park and 2 in the small dog park on May 10. 

Crownridge Natural Area - Over the next six weeks (approximately through mid-June), there will be trail construction along the trails at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area. Please be mindful of the construction when visiting this park. 

Eisenhower Park The lookout tower will be closed for repairs through April 29. Weather permitting. 

French Creek Park - The park is closed for the construction of the French Creek Greenway trail project. The project includes major improvements to the park, including a pervious parking area, new 10-foot wide concrete trail, a shade structure, landscaping, and other trailhead amenities. The park and trail are expected to be completed in early 2022. 

Olympia Park – Renovations to the outdoor restrooms will start Wednesday, March 10th.

Van De Walle Park - The park is undergoing park improvements and some amenities may be inaccessible to the public during this time. Work is scheduled to be completed by mid to late March.

Walker Ranch Park - Starting next Monday, Feb. 8th, the Rhapsody Rd. parking lot and southern entrance to Walker Ranch Park will be closed due to a construction project. It will be tentatively closed through April 2022. 

Lockwood Park & Dignowity Park - Some amenities at Lockwood and Dignowity parks may be temporarily closed due to construction until fall 2021. Basketball court and Martinez Women Center remain open to the public.

OP Schnabel Park - Main entrance entrance on Bandera street is closed for construction from December 15 until approximately June for construction. 

John James Park - The public will see clearing in the park for new roadway starting January 5. The main entry to the park and the park operations should not be affected. Please be cautious.  

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

• Brackenridge 
• Elmendorf (small one closed, large one closed)

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

Eisenhower Park – Eisenhower at the mass pavilion restrooms are closed for maintenance until further notice. Port-a-lets are available for use.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail Closure Updates as of may 14

 

(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 

  • Crownridge Natural Area - Over the next six weeks (approximately through mid-June), there will be trail construction along the trails at Crownridge Canyon Natural Area. Please be mindful of the construction when visiting this park. 
  • French Creek Trail Project - French Creek Park is closed for the construction of the French Creek Greenway trail project. The project includes major improvements to the park, including a pervious parking area, new 10-foot wide concrete trail, a shade structure, landscaping, and other trailhead amenities. The park and trail are expected to be completed in early 2022. 
  • Salado Creek Greenway - CPS Energy is planning to mobilize a crew to begin excavation under the West Avenue bridge near the Salado Creek Greenway to the find end of the existing gas main.  This work is planned to begin on Friday, 3/19.  The trail will remain open, but we will have some barricades and fencing on the trail and will likely excavate into one of the panels of the shared use path.
  • Salado Creek Greenway at North Loop Road – The trail crosswalk at North Loop Road will is currently closed, but a detour has been installed to accommodate trail users.
  • Medina River Greenway - Construction for repairs have begun at the 7.25 mile marker until further notice. 
  • Medina River Greenway – The trail is currently closed between the Pleasanton Trailhead and the Mission Del Lago Golf Course for construction of a new roadway. Reopening until late 2021. 
  • Medina River Greenway  The Medina River greenway trail through the LHI property east of MRNA will be closed the weekend of February 26-28 for an LHI event.
  • Espada Trail Connection (Mattox Park to Mission Espada) – The crosswalk at 281/S. Flores and Roosevelt Drive has been completed and is now accessible for the public to cross the street.
  • Apache Creek Greenway  Trail will be closed from General McMullen to Holz S. from 3/4/21-4/9/21 for the installation of bridge and trail work.
  • 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.


Greenway Trail Construction projects 

  • Leon Creek Greenway within Eisenhower Park – Trail construction is underway on the Leon Creek Greenway segment from the Rim to the Eisenhower Park trailhead (approximately 1.8 miles).  The greenway trail will be located on the same route as the existing Hillview trail along the south border of the park.  Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2021 at which point the full connection of the Leon and Salado systems will be complete.
  • Leon Creek Greenway (Levi Strauss Park to Lackland Monument Site) – Trail construction is underway and expected to be completed late 2021 to early 2022.
  • French Creek Greenway (Leon Creek Greenway to Nani Falcone Park) – Trail construction is underway and is expected to be completed 2021 to early 2022.
  • Salado Trailhead at E. Commerce Street – Will be opened to the public on Monday, March 29.
  • Maverick Creek (UTSA Blvd to Huesta/Leon Creek Greenway) – Trailhead and one mile of trail along east side of Babcock Road is now complete. Park improvements will also be built in 2021 near the Maverick trailhead parking and opened in fall to winter 2021.
  • Wilshire Terrace Park – A connection to connect Wilshire Terrace Park to Salado Creek Greenway is currently under construction and expected to be completed by mid-2021.
  • Zarzamora Creek (Alderete Park to General McMullen) - 1.5 miles to be completed approximately July 2021.
  • Alazan Creek (Lombrano St. to confluence with Apache Creek) - 2.8 miles to be completed approximately March 2022.

 

 

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.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

programming UPDATES 


No closures at this time. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021