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Families stake out Easter spots at Brackenridge after two-year hiatus

For some households, a San Antonio Easter custom is as straightforward as chaining down a chair to a picnic desk; others go all out with tents and volleyball nets.

SAN ANTONIO — Take a stroll by Brackenridge Park Thursday afternoon and you will find taped off picnic tables, chained up chairs, and tents. The many years lengthy custom of tenting at the park for Easter weekend is again after a two year hiatus resulting from pandemic restrictions.

Some folks merely declare their spots to return to Sunday, whereas others spend the evening within the park. Spots are reserved on a primary come, first serve foundation. 

Near the softball area, you may discover the Mendiola household with tents, foldable tables, chairs, canopies, and their barbecue pit. 

“It’s a lot of work, setting everything up, coming out here early, we’ve been out here since about 6:45 this morning,” mentioned Anthony Mendiola, who has picked the identical spot within the park for 12 years.

“All the family’s gonna be out here with kids, grandkids, everything,” he mentioned. 

His household spent Easter final year at the park, however the true custom for them is having the ability to camp out your complete weekend.

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Assistant Manager of Parks and Recreation with the City of San Antonio, Meredith Tilley mentioned she is worked up for the return of town’s distinctive Easter custom. 

Tilley reminds folks tenting out to be ready for clear up as properly.

“On Monday after Easter we do the cleanup and every year it’s gotten easier to clean up because the campers are doing their part and so that’s my expectations for this year,” she mentioned. 

Tilley expects turnout to be as large as earlier years earlier than having to droop the apply. 

She reminds campers that tumbler is prohibited at the parks and grills needs to be handled with warning. 

“When it comes to dispose of the ashes, make sure they’re cool to the touch and when those ashes are cool to the touch, put it up in some foil and put that foil, that trash into the trash can not into the recycle can.” 

Volunteers can be out at parks all through the weekend beginning Friday passing out trash baggage. 

The park’s regular 11 P.M. curfew can be reinstated Sunday evening. 

Overnight tenting can be allowed at the next City Parks:

  • Brackenridge Park, 3700 N. St. Mary’s (excludes Brackenridge parking areas)
  • J Street, 3500 J Street
  • McAllister Park, 13102 Jones Maltsberger
  • Roosevelt, 331 Roosevelt Ave.
  • San Pedro, 1315 San Pedro Ave.
  • O.P. Schnabel, 9606 Bandera Rd.
  • Southside Lions, 3100 Hiawatha
  • Southside Lions East, 3900 Pecan Valley
  • Woodlawn Lake, 1103 Cincinnati (excludes the Island House and fitness center areas)

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