The City of San Angelo informed the public that Twin Buttes Reservoir will be closed July 4th weekend, citing last year's problems with fireworks trash. The public got less than a week's notice that they will be unable to enjoy one of San Angelo's three lakes.
The Bureau of Reclamation has an agreement with the City of San Angelo to operate the park on the north shore of the North Pool. The Bureau of Reclamation highlights recreation use at its locations, including Twin Buttes Reservoir.
There will be no visits this weekend. It's unclear if City Council played a role in this major policy change. Council did approve a Master Recreation Plan for Twin Buttes in 2013. The city solicited public input into the plan, something not sought in the July 4th shutdown.
Manages, with partners, 289 recreation sites that have 90 million visits annually.
The plan recommended a number of items that could've reduced the trash concern, if implemented:
It also encouraged the city to plan and conduct special events, the opposite of complete park closure:
For July 4th weekend 2015 the city will decrease use of the recreation area to zero. Because the city can't manage its annual trash problem responsible citizens will be shut out. It's the latest poorly planned, poorly executed and poorly communicated decision by city staff.
CC 5-21-13 twin buttes recreation use plan from City of San Angelo Texas
Cross posted from Twin Buttes Reservoir blog
Update 6-30-15: A federal official from the Bureau of Reclamation weighed in on the city's decision.