City to change hours of Christmas lights display at local parks

Starting on Friday, the Christmas lights at local parks will be turned off at 10 p.m. in order to comply with the new curfew.
Published: Dec. 4, 2020 at 6:24 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 4, 2020 at 10:42 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Typically during this time of year, city crews are getting parks ready for grand Christmas events.

Friday morning, it was completely different sight... crews were closing off park areas.

City employees were hard at work preparing for Laredo’s new emergency order to take effect.

Crews were seen Friday morning closing off city parks.

Under the emergency order playgrounds, basketball courts, swimming pools, volleyball courts, skate parks, and soccer fields are set to close.

However, the public is still allowed to use certain areas like the walking trails and track, dogs parks, benches, parking lot and tennis courts.

By not allowing the public on this equipment, city officials hope is will help slow down the spread of COVID-19.

“We know we all want to be out,” said Eddie Millan. “It’s the holiday and we all want to enjoy the season, but right now our goal is to save lives and keep people healthy.”

Officials say there are over 90 city-owned parks, including pocket parks, so it will take a couple days to add barriers to all of them.

Park officials are asking you to follow these new protocols, even if they do not see playgrounds or courts taped off.

These new regulations go into effect Friday at 10 p.m.

The issue emergency orders expires after 10 days, but can be extended with to city council approval.

Also taking effect on Friday- the christmas lights at local parks will be turned off at 10 in the evening in order to comply with the new curfew.

This affects the display at the El Progeso Park on Bartlett, Arturo Benavides Park, and Independence Hills Park.

The walking trails and tracks will remain open through the curfew as the ordinance considers exercise an essential activity.

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