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Houston parks remain open, yet playgrounds and other amenities are off limits through May

Park employees will begin cleaning and disinfecting amenities before reopening.

HOUSTON — Amenities at Houston parks will remain closed as Texas begins to slowly reopen Friday.

Playgrounds, splash pads and basketball hoops are closed through the end of May. But that doesn’t mean city parks will be closed.

“Nothing has changed from our perspective,” said Steve Wright, director of Houston Parks and Recreation. “The trails and greenways remain open, but you will continue to see all the amenities—playgrounds, exercise spaces—remain closed.”

Wright said the decision to not fully reopen is to prevent people from gather closely together and allow park employees to deep clean the equipment. That includes power washing all amenities and disinfecting all surfaces.

He expects the cleaning to take up to 10 days and for parks to fully reopen by the beginning of June, if Mayor Sylvester Turner gives the go-ahead.

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