The 116-acre Comal Park in Canyon Lake, famous for its swim beach, reopens on Saturday, May 16 with improved lake access.
Today’s announcement follows a ‘soft’ opening over the weekend, when the Water Oriented Recreation of Comal County (WORD) tested its social-distancing methods on residents who signed up for free access.
The park will be limited to 50-percent capacity or 200 cars. The entrance fee is $10 per vehicle. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Comal Park is first-come, first-served. WORD does not accept reservations.
Social distancing is mandatory.
WORD has instituted sanitizing procedures for bathrooms and touchpoints but cannot guarantee that all surfaces will be sanitized at all times.
WORD leased the park from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in March. The park remained closed while WORD doubled the size of its swim beach; added a sand-beach section; added a sand volleyball court; built a non-regulation soccer field; installed 60 picnic table sites with grills; and added four washer pits.
The playground remains closed although WORD earmarked $75,000 for playground upgrades earlier this year.
Comal Park is located on the south shore of Canyon Lake near Startzville at 1178 Comal Park Rd., Canyon Lake. It also features two boat ramps.
According to USACE Natural Resource Specialist Samuell Price, Boat Ramp #3 is very shallow and closes earlier than other ramps do when lake levels are low. Boat Ramp #4 is deeper.
He said both ramps are good to launch from — wide, with plenty of space for maneuvering. Both ramps have docks.
For more information and to see a complete set of park rules, click here.