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COVID-19 Information

March 20, 2020

Dear Supporters and Friends of the Brackenridge Recreation Complex,

The COVID-19 outbreak is a public health concern that requires all of us to work together to protect our communities.

In response to further direction from the Centers for Disease Control, the Governor of the State of Texas, and the Jackson County Office of Emergency Management, the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority (LNRA) has announced the closure of the Brackenridge Recreation Complex (BRC) effective March 23, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., for all short-term camping and day use until further notice.

All short-term reservations starting March 23rd thru April 5, 2020 will be automatically canceled and issued a full refund. We ask that guests please bear with us as we work to cancel these reservations. Once the reservation is canceled, a cancellation confirmation will be emailed to you. For those guests who have already cancelled due to COVID-19 for the affected dates, our staff will be contacting you to discuss this matter further. It is not necessary to call the office about your cancellation.

For those currently camping with us, the park staff will contact you regarding about how this may affect your reservation.

Please note, this closure does NOT pertain to our long-term (monthly) campers who are currently staying at the BRC. At this time no new long-term reservations will be made. For any other questions, please call the Brackenridge Park Office at 361-782-5456 or the Texana Park Office at 361-782-5718. You may also contact our staff via email at brc@LNRA.org.

This is a fluid situation and we will continue to monitor and adapt our operations and policies based on what is needed at the time. The LNRA will evaluate this situation on a weekly basis and provide information or updates on our web page and Facebook page.

Although we are saddened to close, our top priority is the safety of our employees and guests. The LNRA takes this matter very seriously and appreciates your understanding as we find our way through these difficult times as a community.

March 19, 2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed an Executive Order banning gatherings of 10 or more. The Executive Order will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2020 and it will remain in effect until midnight on April 3rd. In compliance with this order park guests are banned from gathering in groups of 10 people or more. When accessing comfort stations care should be taken to avoid groups to comply with this ban. Guests should wash their hands frequently, avoid being closer than six feet from other guests, and sanitize frequently touched surfaces.

March 18, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is a public health concern that requires all of us to work together to protect our communities.

Effective March 19, 2020 and until further notice, the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority (LNRA) has announced additional operational changes. The Brackenridge Park Office, Texana Park Office, Main Event Center Office, and the Nature Center will be closed to guests in order to proactively reduce unnecessary interaction between staff and guests. Guests are asked to use phone and email for communication with our park staff. Guests may continue making reservations online or by phone. Park Staff will contact all arriving guests by phone each day to complete the check-in process. The park offices will no longer conduct retail sales with the exception of ice and firewood. Guests can contact either of the park offices to arrange for those items. Additionally, Park Office operational hours will be limited to 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

These changes are consistent with the latest recommendations set by the Center for Disease Control and the leaders of Jackson County to practice physical distancing and avoid social gatherings in groups of 10 or more. The LNRA takes this matter very seriously and appreciates your understanding as we find our way through these difficult times as a community.

March 16, 2020

Dear Supporters and Friends of the Brackenridge Recreation Complex,

The COVID-19 outbreak is a public health concern that requires all of us to work together to protect our communities.

Effective March 16, 2020, the Lavaca-Navidad River Authority (LNRA) has suspended our Spring Break activities and programs at the Brackenridge Recreation Complex. Additionally, all events which were scheduled to occur between March 16 th through March 31 st at the Brackenridge Main Event Center have also been cancelled. We will work with the event producers to try and reschedule the canceled events and will provide updates as quickly as possible.

Consistent with guidance from our local, state and federal agencies, LNRA will continue to closely monitor the situation and extend the dates for cancellations as needed. We believe we have an obligation to look out for the health and well-being of our entire community, and that is why the decision has been made to cancel these events as well as our Spring Break activities. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff and our guests.

Importantly, the Brackenridge Park & Campground and Texana Park & Campground will remain open and available for the public to utilize. The many amenities within the BRC such as comfort stations, Nature Center, day use areas, playgrounds, kayak launch, boat ramps, and hike and bike trails remain open as well. The LNRA reminds visitors to avoid gathering in large groups, maintain social distancing, and practice healthy personal hygiene to stop the spread of the virus. Our BRC staff will continue to routinely clean and disinfect the public facilities within the Complex. Guests are urged to assist our efforts by taking appropriate precautions and assist us with keeping our facilities clean.

The temporary suspension of these events and activities is consistent with the recommendations set by the Center for Disease Control and the leaders of Jackson County for events that consist of 50 people or more, understanding this number is fluid and may change. The recommendation was made in an attempt to reduce the introduction of the virus into new communities. We appreciate your understanding as we all find our way through these difficult times as a community.

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