City Regulates Camping Permits for Easter Weekend
About 30 permits have been purchased for camping this Easter at Labonte Park in Corpus Christi, Texas, as the city this year plans to more closely regulate the long-standing tradition.
The city is requiring campers for the first time to buy a permit and camp in a designated spot marked by the city. The charge will help the city to offset the cost of cleaning the park that borders the Nueces River, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.
Permits were made available last Wednesday (Feb. 15), and by Friday about 20 percent of the 139 available had been bought, said Michael Morris, city parks director.
Unlike in past years, when early bird campers snatched up prime spots and roped them off sometimes a week in advance, those who reserve early with the city will be able to snag prime spots.
Based on permit purchases, the most coveted spots are on the river's bend on the northwest corner of the park, Morris said.
Reservations close April 5, three days before Easter.
Each permit is good for three days and costs $25 for tent camping and $50 for RV camping.
Reservations can be made at the Parks and Recreation Department in City Hall or online.
A glitch in the online reservation system last Thursday caused the site to go down, but it should be up and running today, said Stacie Talbert, assistant director of the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department.
Last year a record number of weekend campers packed the park and left behind garbage for city crews to clean.
Public outcry about the condition of the park prompted the city to look at ways to better organize Easter weekend, the busiest time for Labonte Park.