The Texas Parks & Wildlife announced today that they will begin the process of reopening the parks to full capacity after almost a year.
The global Covid-19 pandemic instilled new precautions that the parks required for the safety of the employees and guests. While a lot of the the restrictions were mostly for common areas, some parks also closed buildings like gift shops, etc.
In an email sent out to park visitors Texas State Parks Director, Rodney Franklin, explained the decision, and what to expect moving forward. The full transcript is below:
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Dear State Park Visitor,
It has been almost a year since the pandemic began to impact Texas and state park operations. While we know that we are not yet “out of the woods,” there are reasons to be optimistic. Today, I am excited to announce that we are beginning the process of returning to normal capacity at all state parks.
Our teams are working to ensure that this is done responsibly – your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers is always our top priority. We continue to strongly encourage the wearing of face coverings, especially when indoors or in places where a safe social distance cannot be maintained. Other recommendations for staying safe and healthy during your visit are posted on our Keeping You Healthy page.
As our busy spring and summer season approaches, you may find some parks are still full, even with the increased capacity. I understand how frustrating that can be. I encourage everyone to consider visiting on weekdays if your schedule allows, or try visiting a new, less well-known park. For both your day and overnight visits, make reservations to ensure your spot in the park, even if you have a State Parks Pass. If your plans change, cancelling your reservations will give someone else the chance to enjoy the park.
I’m proud of the role that state parks have played throughout the last year, offering an important escape for so many Texans. Aside from a very brief time last spring, your Texas state parks have been open for you. As a matter of fact, we have seen overall increases in park visitation and many Texans discovering state parks for the first time.
Thank you for your continued patience and support as our teams work through a return to full capacity. We stand ready to happily welcome you all to a Texas state park soon!
Texas State Parks Director