During a McAllen City Commission workshop, McAllen Commissioners approved a phased reopening of play stations at various McAllen city parks, to begin on Wednesday, February 28, 2021, with 14 of the McAllen Parks & Recreation Department’s 86 parks to be available for play. While trails and open spaces at McAllen parks had been available to the community, with social distancing guidelines, the play stations had been closed to the public since mid-March 2020, early in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in an abundance of caution.
“We are excited to be able to slowly reopen the parks’ play stations to the public, especially the children, who over the months had petitioned various municipal governments to open the facilities,” said McAllen City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E. “While it was something that we wanted to do, we wanted to make sure that we did it right for the health and safety of our community and our employees.”
Park play stations will be sanitized once a day and signage for self-care and self-regulated social distancing will be placed at those parks as they slowly open to the community. McAllen city officials still stress that personal responsibility is key, encouraging families who go out to play at the parks always wear masks and bring their own hand sanitizer and/or cleaning products to disinfect hands and wipe down the structures either before or afterwards.
With the sheer number of play stations throughout the parks – 110 in total – it will be a measured approach to reopen all facilities safely for the enjoyment of the community.
“Parks were meant to be full of the sounds and sights of kids playing, laughing and enjoying outdoors,” said Mike Hernandez, Director, McAllen Parks & Recreation. “As we slowly return to normalcy, after an unprecedented year with so many things closed or canceled, it is wonderful to know that our parks will be parks again.”
Below are the parks that will be open, beginning tomorrow:
- Airport Park, 2201 S. 26th St., Dist. 4
- Bill Schupp Park, 1300 Zinnia Ave., Dist. 1
- Crockett Park, 2112 N. Main St., Dist. 5
- Crossings Park, 2601 Arroyo Ave., Dist. 1
- Curtis Park, 301 E. Hackberry Ave., Dist. 6
- Daffodil Park, 4200 W. Daffodil Ave., Dist. 2
- Firemen’s Park, 201 N 1st St., Dist. 6
- Lark Park, 2601 Lark Ave., Dist. 2
- La Vista Park, 100 W. La Vista Ave., Dist. 6
- Lions Park, 1201 N. 12th St., Dist. 5
- Municipal Park, 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd., Dist. 5
- Palm View Park, 401 Jordan Rd., Dist. 4
- Summer Breeze park, 401 N. Bentsen Rd., Dist. 3
- Zinnia Park, 5201 N 29th St., Dist. 2
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