Parks & Recreation

Staying Safe in Our Parks

San Antonio boasts some of the best parks in the Texas. Throughout the FY14 and FY15 budget process, residents throughout San Antonio advocated for the Parks Department, and asked policymakers to ensure that service levels within our parks system are maintained. In northwest San Antonio, Phil Hardberger Park, O.P. Schnabel Park, Bonnie Conner Park, the Leon and Salado Creek Greenway Trails, and other spaces give us all a place to exercise, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with family. 

As the summer heat dwindles and activity in our parks increases, maintaining a safe environment for those seeking to enjoy the City’s recreational offerings is one of our top priorities. This is especially important as the summer heat dwindles and activity at our parks increases.
The Parks Department’s Play It Safe campaign offers several tips to make sure your time in our parks is as safe as it is enjoyable:

  • Utilize the buddy system
  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Carry a charged cell phone and proper identification
  • Communicate to friends and family where you’re going
  • Remain on the main trails
  • Trust your instincts
  • Take care in acknowledging strangers
  • Dial 911 for an emergency and use mile and quarter-mile markers to identify your location
  • Dial 210-207-SAPD for non-emergencies
  • Carry a sound-making device
  • Do not wear ear buds or headphones
  • Wear bright or light colored clothing so you’re easily seen
  • Carry water
  • Observe posted rules and park hours
  • Park in well-lit areas
  • Leave valuables at home