Riverside open for campers

Sentinel photo/Jessica Shepard
Taking part in the Riverside Park opening Monday, June 1, were, from left, Martina Paniagua (Park Specialist), Shawna Burkhart (City Manager), Mayor Robert Nelson, Shawn Blackburn (Parks and Recreation Director), Robert Carlisle (Park Ranger), Jason Kapsar (Park Specialist).

   After two years and 9 months, Riverside Park is now open to campers following a ribbon-cutting Monday, June 1.
   The park had been closed following flooding and damages from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey – that left the park buried deep in silt and sand - and the renovation and construction that followed.
   Bay City Parks and Recreation Department Supervisor Kelly Penewitt mentioned there were already 15 reservations made for the new spots.
   “We upgraded the Colorado Cove Campground with new utility pedestals, fire rings, parking pads, recycled plastic picnic tables, and sewer hookups,” she said in a press release.
   “The pedestals are designed to withstand floods. Other upgrades include blacktopping the roads, a new swing set, washer/dryers, and the boat ramp is ready for use.”  
   All the park buildings received a new roof and coat of paint and the ranger station was completely renovated.  
   The Wilderness Area has new picnic tables and fire rings.  
   “You can now make reservations on-line for camping up to 1 year in advance beginning June 1,” Penewitt added.  
   “You can still call in and make reservations as well. We have partnered with CivicRec to make registering an ease.”  
   Create an account and you can reserve your favorite campsite or the Day Use Pavilion.  
   Go to https://secure.rec1.com/TX/city-of-bay-city-tx/catalog, create your account, and then click on the Riverside Park tab to make reservations.
   For more information on Riverside Park, call 979-245-0340 or e-mail riversidepark@cityofbaycity.org.

 

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