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City of San Angelo will open some Lake Nasworthy parks for July 4 fireworks show

In light of the Lake Nasworthy HOA's decision to go ahead with its annual fireworks show, the City will open some parks to allow citizens to view the show.
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SAN ANGELO, Texas — After the Lake Nasworthy Homeowners Association announcement it has decided to move forward with its annual Fourth of July fireworks show Saturday, the City of San Angelo will open certain parks to allow citizens to view the fireworks.

These parks will be open from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday: 

  • Mary E Lee Beach, 2160 Mary E. Lee Road
  • South Concho Park, 1608 South Concho Drive
  • Pecan Creek Park, 8400 Country Club Road
  • Knickerbocker Park, 6402 Knickerbocker Road
  • Hillside Drive, 6600 block of Knickerbocker Road
  • Fish Hatchery Road Park, 3500 block of Country Club Road.

In a press release, the City stressed every citizen should stay home, but said it understands wanting to celebrate the national holiday.

"If you do leave your home to view the fireworks, we strongly ask that you stay in your car and do not congregate with people outside of your immediate household. A reminder: private gatherings of 10 or more people and any outdoor gathering of 100 people or more are prohibited per Governor Abbott’s orders," the release said.

“Upon learning that the July Fourth fireworks show was still scheduled to take place, the San Angelo Police Department continued planning for this event,” San Angelo Police Chief Frank Carter said in the release. “Based on the very large crowds that attend this event, the department decided it was in the best interest of public safety if some of the lake parks were opened in order to ensure ingress and egress. This will help aide in access for first responders to all areas of Lake Nasworthy and surrounding areas. It is always the desire of this department that every event is conducted as safely as possible for all members of the community.”

The City recommends everyone should stay home on Fourth of July to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community and avoid all gatherings with anyone outside one's immediate household.

"If you decide to go to the lake for the fireworks show, we strongly encourage people to remain in their vehicles," the release said.

Visitors may watch the fireworks show, but must leave immediately after. The San Angelo Police Department will allow time for visitors to leave before enforcing the 11 p.m. park closures.

Camping is prohibited until July 13.

Middle Concho Park and its boat ramps will not be open to the public until July 13. All other public boat ramps will be open. The Spring Creek, Mary E. Lee and South Concho parks restrooms will also be open to the public.

City parks around Lake Nasworthy are closed until July 13. Tom Green County Parks will be closed to all activities beginning July 2 and ending July 13.

Citizens visiting the lake are encouraged to alert the SAPD if they witness any instances of vandalism, reckless behavior or other unlawful acts in an effort to keep Lake Nasworthy safe, enjoyable and attractive.

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