Easter weekend is upon us, and for many people, the holiday is a time to get together with friends and family. But due to ongoing world events, we’re all supposed to be staying home right now and avoiding contact with anyone outside of our home as we attempt to overcome this outbreak. With that in mind, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has announced that all county parks will be completely closed starting at 8 pm Thursday, April 9th through 8 am Monday morning.
“We are at a critical moment in our fight against COVID-19, and we cannot afford to let our guard down,” Judge Hidalgo said. “For so many of our residents, Easter and Passover is a time for spiritual fellowship with others, and I want to encourage that to continue at home and online during this critical period. The sooner we come through this together, the faster we’ll be able to return to normalcy and get our economy back up and running again.”
Judge Hidalgo noted that the current stay-at-home orders and social distancing measures have already started to have a positive impact in limiting the spread of COVID-19.
“We’re heartened that the actions we’re taking are already saving as many as 4,500 lives across Harris County,” Hidalgo said.
Which Parks Will Be Closed?
Some of the Harris County-operated parks include:
- Alexander Deuessen Park
- Bear Creek Pioneers Park
- Challenger Seven Memorial Park
- Jeese H.Jones Park & Nature Center
- Kleb Woods Park & Nature Preserve
- Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
- Spring Creek Greenway
- Terry Hershey Park
- Tom Bass Regional Park
- Bay Area Park
- Clear Lake Park
You can see a map of all the Harris County parks here on their website.
Stay home and stay safe this Easter weekend. And if you need ideas for some easy ways to celebrate, check out our guide to at-home Easter activities.