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Parks & Recreation: What’s open and what’s not?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The post was updated on June 18.  

By Kelly Kelbly, Assistant Parks & Recreation Director

As Gov. Greg Abbott continues his plans to open Texas, the College Station Parks and Recreation Department has been making plans for reopening spaces, facilities, and programs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. We base our discussions on federal, state, and local guidance to prioritize public health and safety.

Regrettably, budget reductions resulting from a significant decline in sales tax revenue are also a factor. Remember also that phased reopenings aren’t an immediate return to normal operations. They include necessary and appropriate measures to reduce the risks of community transmission.

Here’s a look at our current situation, including some answers to your most frequent questions.

Open Facilities

  • Basketball courts
  • Community and neighborhood parks (Directory)
  • Disc golf courses
  • Dog parks
  • Larry J. Ringer Library
  • Lick Creek Park
  • G. Hysmith Skate Park
  • Pavilions and shelters
  • Playgrounds (use is discouraged)
  • Sand volleyball courts
  • Stephen C. Beachy Central Park office
  • Tennis courts

Facility Reopening Schedule

  • Athletic Fields – June 1 for practices; June 15 for tournaments
  • Lick Creek Nature Center office and restrooms – June 1 (open Mon.-Sat. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 1-6 p.m.)
  • Park restrooms and water fountains – June 1
  • Veterans Park & Athletic Complex – May 23

Remaining Facility Closures

  • Adamson Lagoon
  • Cindy Hallaran Pool
  • Fun For All Playground and splash pad
  • Lincoln Recreation Center
  • Meyer Senior & Community Center
  • Southwood Community Center
  • W.A. Tarrow splash pad

Canceled Summer Programs

  • Tsunami Swim Team
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
  • Water Safety Instructor Certification
  • Swim Lessons
  • 5V5 Basketball League
  • Summer Youth Basketball
  • Summer Softball & Kickball Leagues
  • Starlight Music Series
  • Challenger Bowling
  • Water Aerobics
  • Mini Summer Camps
  • College Station Senior Games (Sept. 25-27)

For your convenience, here are some answers to your most frequently asked questions:

Are playgrounds open?
Yes, but their use is discouraged. Citizens should stay six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live with them and follow other CDC guidelines.

Is Lick Creek Park open?
Yes, the trails are open. The office and restrooms will open on June 1. Hours are Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m-5 p.m., and Sunday from 1-6 p.m.

Is Veterans Park & Athletic Complex open?
The park will open on May 23. The restrooms and athletic fields open on June 1.

When will the pools and splash pads open?
Adamson Lagoon and Cindy Hallaran Pool will remain closed for the 2020 season due to budgetary constraints, limited resources and continued health and welfare concerns regarding social distancing, sanitization, and staffing requirements. We will decide at the end of July regarding the possibility of opening splash pads.

Will you have swimming lessons this year?
Swim lessons have been canceled for the 2020 season. Click here for three water safety resources to help keep your family safe.

When will the Lincoln Recreation Center’s full-day summer camp open?
The summer camp has been canceled due to strict CDC guidelines regarding group sizes, activity restrictions, social distancing, sanitization, and staffing requirements. At this time, we are planning to offer the after-school program, beginning Aug. 13.

When will the Summer Parks Guide be published?
The summer guide will not be published. We are committed to providing updated information through our website.

Who will enforce minimum health protocols for non-city-sponsored youth sports and tournaments?
User groups and tournament organizers are responsible for developing, implementing, and enforcing minimum health protocols for their events at our facilities. The city is responsible for sanitizing restrooms, trash cans, and fields.

When will senior adult programming resume?
Senior programming won’t resume until the fall. People 65 years and older and those who live in nursing homes or long-term care facilities are encouraged to stay home as much as possible.

Are dog parks open?
Yes, Barracks, Steeplechase, and University Park are open.

Can you fish at College Station ponds?
Yes, you can fish at Brothers Pond, Cy Miller, John Crompton, and Stephen C. Beachy Central Park ponds. You must have a freshwater fishing stamp if you’re 17 or older. For information on pond stocking, harvest regulations, and license requirements, go to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website.

Are cemeteries open?
Yes, the Aggie Field of Honor and the College Station Cemetery are open for visitation. The hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to sunset, and on Sunday from 6 a.m. to sunset.

We understand the vital role our department plays in our community’s quality of life, especially during these challenging times. We are faithfully working to create healthier, happier, and more connected communities while responsibly addressing the COVID-19 outbreak.

For more information, contact us at 979-764-3486 or


About the Blogger

Assistant Director Kelly Kelbly is in her 19th year with the College Station Parks & Recreation Department. A native of Gilmer, Kelly is a 1998 graduate of Texas A&M.


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Live Blog: Monday’s city council meetings (March 5)

(Standing, L-R): Bob Brick, Jerome Rektorik, John Nichols, James Benham. (Sitting, L-R): Linda Harvell, Karl Mooney (mayor), Barry Moore.

By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Monday, March 5. It’s not the official minutes.

The meetings can be watched live on Suddenlink channel 19 or online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

5:11 p.m.

The workshop has started. Councilwoman Linda Harvell is absent. No action was taken out of executive session.

5:12 p.m.

Consent Agenda Discussion

The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. No consent items were pulled for workshop discussion.

5:30 p.m.

Mitigation Bank

The council discussed whether the city’s three large well-field properties have potential to be used as mitigation banks, which could help keep water rates low. Certain properties with stream segments or wetlands can be used as mitigation banks that offer credits to offset impacts from projects that disturb the same aspects elsewhere.

Alan Plummer and Associates recently performed an environmental study to determine what uplift is possible. The ultimate goal is to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to existing mitigation bankers, who will offer proposals to pay the city for using its properties as mitigation banks.

If the city elects to move forward, then the banker must gain approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Last week, the information was presented to the local U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office and other related state regulatory agencies to get their comments.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

5:44 p.m.

FY17 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

The council accepted the city’s annual audit reports and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:13 p.m.

Veterans Park Synthetic Fields

The council voted unanimously to allocate additional hotel tax funds for the construction two new synthetic fields at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:21 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the workshop after the council discussed its calendar and received committee reports. The regular meeting will start after a short break.

6:30 p.m.

The regular meeting has started.

6:32 p.m.

City Traffic Engineer Troy Rother was cited for being named Engineer of the Year by the Brazos Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

6:36 p.m.

Hear Visitors

One person spoke during Hear Visitors when citizens might address the council on any item that doesn’t appear on the posted agenda.

  • Councilman James Benham recognized Army 1st Lt. Simon T. Cox Jr. as part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial program. The 30-year-old Wheeler native died Feb. 6, 2006 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his M2A3 Bradley in Taji, Iraq.

6:36 p.m.

Consent Agenda

The council voted unanimously to approve the entire consent agenda:

  • A $124,325.24 purchase order for a Hurst eDraulic cutter, ram, spreader and related emergency services equipment from Municipal Emergency Services through the HGAC Purchasing Cooperative.
  • A $213,657 contract with Weisinger, Inc., to replace the pump assembly and motor for Well No. 7.
  • Temporarily changed the posted speed limit on Harvey Mitchell Parkway (FM 2818) between Mile Post 10.242 to Mile Post 11.642 from 60 to 50 mph until the Texas Department of Transportation completes the Raymond Stotzer Parkway (FM 60) Overpass Improvement Project.
  • A new Rate Review Mechanism (RRM) tariff to govern future rate filings by Atmos Mid-Tex.

6:40 p.m.

Storage Depot Rezoning

After a public hearing, the council voted unanimously to approve a request to change the zoning from Rural to General Commercial for about 4½  acres at 11990 Old Wellborn Rd. The change will allow for commercial development.

Here’s the PowerPoint presentation:

6:41 p.m.

Design Review Board Appointment

The council voted unanimously to approve Katherine Cabrera to Design Review Board.

6:42 p.m.

The council discussed and reviewed future agenda items.

6:42 p.m.

Mayor Mooney adjourned the meeting. The council meets again on Thursday, March 22.


About the Blogger

Colin Killian (@ColinKillian) has been with the City of College Station since 2010 after serving 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.


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