Park entry to Comal River will continue to be free

After weeks of discussion and preliminary votes, the New Braunfels City Council decided to nix the controversial “river fee” on Monday night.

At the meeting, which was standing-room only, several people spoke about why they were against the proposed $5 fee to access Prince Solms and Himman Island Parks, both of which have direct access to the Comal River.

Some speakers questioned the legality of charging a fee to access a Texas river.

Mayor Gale Pospisil said it was the City’s right to charge an entrance fee for the parks but questioned the use of said money to go towards the River Activities Fund.

No one decided to speak in favor of the fees.

Just before 8 p.m., the City Council voted unanimously to reject the motion.

The Council did approve (on the first reading) the river management fee which requires tubing outfitters to charge users a $1.25 for a wristband. It will be up to the outfitter to make sure their customers are wearing city-issued wristbands when entering the City Tube Chute, Prince Solms Park, Hinman Island Park or using public exits on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.

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