Texas State Parks reopen Monday with restrictions

Posted at 7:33 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 08:33:59-04

TEXAS — Texas State Parks opened their gates Monday after being shut since April 7th. It's part of Governor Greg Abbott's plan he announced Friday to gradually reopen the state economy. Allowing Texans to explore their parks once again.

"I like coming out to see nature, walk around and breathe fresh air," said Grey Kellogg.

Kellogg says staying at home has him feeling a little different.

"I think all of my cardio has gone away because I have not run or biked or done anything besides stay at home."

Now, he can head to any state park where social distancing is a lot easier.

"I don't know how big this park is but there are only 10-20 cars here so it’s easy to maintain a social distance."

Bailey Green says she is ready to do more than just stay home.

"It's a great way to have a nice escape, I am tired of Netflix."

Some areas of the park will remain closed like playgrounds. Mother Neff State Park opened its gate prepared for visitors. They have signs where needed and laid out all of the guidelines you must follow including: wear a protective face cover, stay six feet away from other parties, only be with a group of five.

Green has a mask in hand and so did Kellogg.

"I've got my mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer"

State parks are only open for day-use and you must purchase your pass in advance.