City of Pflugerville closes all parks to discourage social gatherings

The City of Pflugerville is closing all parks, pavilions, playscapes, and courts effective immediately. 

The city says the closures are to help assist with physical distancing and discourage social gathering. 

 According to a press release, city, local homeowner association (HOA) parks and Pflugerville Independent School District parks, pavilions and playground areas are included in the closure. The closure includes dog parks and the skate spot. 

Currently, there is no date at which the city plans on reopening parks. 

City trails will remain open for active use within the current permitted rules of social and physical distancing which limits groups of more than 10. You can find more information on the Pflugerville City website.

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