Parks and Recreation expecting increased usage of city parks

Posted at 6:09 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 07:09:08-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — This weekend marks the start of the busy season for City park staff and the COVID-19 pandemic is making it an even busier one.

The Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department is expecting an increased usage of city parks, and it is doing what it can to keep parks safe and clean for everyone.

“With COVID city staff has been practicing safety measures, of course preventive safety measures, and we are continuing to maintain the parks on a regular schedule to maintain the safety for our park patrons,” said Public Information Officer Lisa Oliver.

Although the City is practicing routine cleaning of high-touch areas like park benches, tables, and even playgrounds, City staff still stresses to practice good hygiene.

“As they visit the parks, continue following CDC guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19. Wash your hands when you use the playground equipment, wash your hands afterward and sanitize your hands, and the same for picnic tables, sanitize picnic tables before you use them to ensure your safety,” said Oliver.

The department has its full staff working, but with some added responsibilities, it makes it hard to maintain the parks on a daily basis.

“It would be a challenge with the high volume of playground equipment in parks. We would have to be able to treat each one individually based on the frequency of the usage of the parks,” said Oliver.

As more people start using parks, the Parks and Recreation Department is reminding park-goers to practice social distancing.
Anyone interested in volunteering with the Parks Department to help maintain the 190 city parks can contact the department at 361-826-3460.