Easter camping back on at San Antonio parks

Easter camping is back on for people seeking to claim their spots to celebrate the holiday at San Antonio parks.

After a two-year interruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a curfew that runs from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. throughout the year will be suspended at nine parks from 11 p.m. Thursday to 11 p.m. Sunday. As a result, parkgoers can arrive as early as 5 a.m. Thursday to start camping in anticipation of festivities Sunday.

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

Every year, hundreds of people celebrate Easter weekend at Brackenridge Park — one of San Antonio’s largest parks, off Broadway and Hildebrand. Traditionally, residents camp at a spot where they want to celebrate Easter with their family. Viable spots for grilling and spending the holiday with loved ones go quickly, and generally, the way to secure the right patch is to arrive early.

Typically, Brackenridge Park — which spans 340 acres from Tobin Hill to Monte Vista — is packed by Sunday. For those who want to avoid the Brackenridge crowds, other parks have also suspended the curfew. They are J Street, McAllister, Roosevelt, San Pedro, O.P. Schnabel, Southside Lions, Southside Lions East and Woodlawn Lake parks.

The parks department urges all park users to keep their areas as clean as possible and pick up trash after the festivities are finished.

“Whatever you pack into the park, please remember to pack it out,” Garcia said.

All parks contain recycling bins that can be used for plastic bottles and cans. No glass containers are allowed, and all food waste, such as pizza boxes or paper plates with grease, should be put in the regular trash. Park users are encouraged to bring their own trash bags to keep their areas clean.

Also, the San Antonio Fire Department urges residents to never leave a grill unattended and to keep children and pets away from it. Dry weather in the San Antonio area can fuel an accidental fire in the parks. For more safety tips, visit firesafesa.com.

Elena Bruess writes for the Express-News through Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. ReportforAmerica.org. [email protected]

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