City of Deer Park COVID-19 Updates
Residents are encouraged to visit their website - http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus - for more information.
Harris County Public Health is now offering additional detail regarding COVID case counts, recoveries and more via their online dashboard. Click on the link below and select Deer Park in the City-by-City listing titled "Cases by City in Harris County."
The City of Deer Park is committed to the safety and health of our citizens. This page will be updated with the latest information on how the city is responding to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus.
Deer Park residents are encouraged to stay informed about the Coronavirus disease, and to actively stop the spread of germs and respiratory diseases.
On Tuesday, March 24, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a “Stay Home, Work Safe” order effective 3/24 at 11:59PM (full order linked above). The order will be in effect through April 3, 2020 at 11:59PM. The order requires all residents to stay home with the exception of those whose jobs are essential for health and safety of the community.
UPDATE: March 31, 2020
On Tuesday afternoon as of 3PM, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo extended the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The order requires all residents to stay home with the exception of those whose jobs are essential for health and safety of the community.
The order, initially put in effect until April 3, has been extended to 11:59PM on April 30, 2020. The order applies to Harris County, all cities within Harris County and all unincorporated areas. Please click on the link below to view the full order.
According to Judge Hidalgo, the order is being extended in the interest of saving lives, flattening the curve of the virus and not overwhelming the health care system.
Key points of the order, linked below, include:
- Critical industries outlined in order will stay open – employees must maintain social distancing
- Does not impact access to groceries/food or gas stations
- Restaurants can continue to provide drive-through, carry-out orders (maintaining social distancing)
Additionally on Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-14. The order will go into effect at 12:01AM on April 2 and continue through 11:59PM on April 30, 2020.
Additional details will be provided via City social media, the dedicated COVID page on the City’s website, and DPTV. Additional information is also available at ReadyHarris.org.
City facilities to remain closed through April 30 listed below:
City Hall (both the front lobby and the Utility Billing lobby), the Deer Park Community Center, the Maxwell Adult Center, the Municipal Court and Theater Building, the Deer Park Public Library, the Deer Park Visitors Center and the Deer Park Animal Shelter and Adoption Center.
See departmental updates of 04/03/20 below for more information.
View the original "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order here.
View the extended "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order - in effect through April 30 - here.
UPDATE: April 24, 2020
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - Face covering order - 4-28-20
Please see amended face covering order per Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, issued on April 28, 2020. The order no longer includes civil or criminal penalties for violations.Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issues face covering order - 4/22/20
Read the order here
An update from Mayor Jerry Mouton regarding our community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
As many have already heard, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo has issued a county-wide Executive Order requiring persons to wear facial coverings when in public. This action was taken without consultation of the City of Deer Park or most other cities within Harris County, and the order has already received much debate and criticism regarding its validity and constitutionality. While each of us may have strong feelings about this mandate, the fact remains that this practice is a strong recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
I am asking each of you to follow the recommendations of the CDC, not because of any mandate, but because it is guidance from knowledgeable healthcare professionals, and because we care for one another’s well-being. None of us want to unknowingly contribute to the spread of this virus. This should not be a time to play politics or to exhibit unnecessary control measures. I greatly appreciate our community’s compliance with the CDC guidance and recommendations, and anticipate that we will continue to comply without threat of fines or punishment.
In reference to enforcement, please know that our Deer Park Police officers will continue to focus on higher-priority law enforcement matters. We do acknowledge the importance of stopping the spread of this virus; however, we cannot utilize scarce resources or expose our responders to unnecessary contacts with potentially infected individuals to chase alleged offenders of the County Judge’s Order.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your mayor. May God bless each of you, and may God continue to bless our Deer Park community.
UPDATE: April 27, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott announces "Open Texas" Plan
Citizen advisory: Please see content below released by the Office of Governor Greg Abbott today, April 27:
"Governor Greg Abbott today announced the first phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase I, certain services and activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. The Governor also outlined special guidance for Texans over 65 and detailed a comprehensive mitigation plan for nursing homes in Texas. The Governor also announced a statewide testing and tracing program developed by DSHS that will help public health officials quickly identify and test Texans who contract COVID-19 and mitigate further spread of the virus.
The Governor's announcement is accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas. This detailed report, available on the strike force website, helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. The report also includes a series of Open Texas Checklists that outline DSHS' minimum standard health protocols for all Texans.
By way of Executive Order (GA-18), all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls are permitted to reopen on Friday, May 1. These services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.
All museums and libraries may open under the same 25% occupancy limitation, but interactive areas of museums must remain closed. State libraries and museums will open by May 1, and local public museums and libraries may reopen only if permitted by the local government. Single-person offices may reopen as well.
Churches and places of worship remain open. Outdoor sports are allowed to resume so long as no more than four participants are playing together at one time. Certain social distancing practices must also be followed. Local government operations, including county and municipal government operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, may reopen as determined by the local government."
In light of the governor’s most recent order, City officials will assess City facility operations including the Deer Park Public Library throughout the week. Check the City website and social media for updates as they are announced.
The “Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas” is available to view on the City of Deer Park COVID page along with the full copy of the press release referenced above.
Governor Greg Abbott - "Open Texas" full document - 4-27-20Executive Order GA-18 - Governor Greg Abbott - Open Texas plan - 4-27-20
UPDATE: May 6, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott addresses "Open Texas" plan
During a Tuesday afternoon (May 5) press conference, Texas Governor Greg Abbott made several announcements related to the statewide Coronavirus (COVID-19) response and anticipated dates for specific business types to re-open utilizing social distancing measures.
UPDATE: May 18, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott addresses "Open Texas" plan - Phase 2
During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that Phase 2 of the “Open Texas” plan would go into effect today, May 18, with additional openings planned for Friday, May 22 and Sunday, May 31
Guidelines and additional information related to each type of business re-opening as part of Phase 2 may be found at the "Open Texas" website, gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.
UPDATE: June 4, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott addresses "Open Texas" plan - Phase 3
Late Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-26 which implements "Phase III" of the state's re-opening. Executive Order GA-26 is linked here: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-26_expanded_opening_COVID-19.pdf and replaced Executive Order GA-23 as of 11:59PM Wednesday.
Per the press release accompanying the order, "Governor Greg Abbott today announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Businesses that previously have been able to operate at 100% capacity may continue to do so, and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits. All businesses and customers should continue to follow minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)."
The checklist for each activity is available on the Open Texas webpage at https://open.texas.gov/.Governor Greg Abbott - "Open Texas" full document - 4-27-20
Executive Order GA-26 - Reopening of Texas Phase 3 - Governor Greg Abbott
UPDATE: June 11, 2020
During a 3PM press conference today, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced a new Coronavirus (COVID-19) "public threat level system” to be utilized by the Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HCOHSEM).
UPDATE: June 22, 2020
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo face covering order - June 19, 2020
Read the full order here
An update from Mayor Jerry Mouton regarding our community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
UPDATE: June 24, 2020
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - Harris County COVID Relief Fund
The Harris County COVID-19 Relief Fund will open its online and phone application process for financial assistance to eligible Harris County residents on June 23 and June 24. In May, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Commissioners Court approved the creation of the $30 million COVID-19 Relief Fund to be distributed to an estimated 20,000 households that are among the hardest hit financially by the pandemic, and are ineligible or cannot afford to wait for other assistance. Selected households will receive between an estimated $1,200 and $1,500.
“We have a moral obligation to take care of our most vulnerable residents,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. “Far too many of our neighbors, friends and family members - through no fault of their own - have lost their jobs. They are struggling to pay rent, their bills, and to put food on the table. As a community we must rally together to ensure that our most vulnerable residents don’t fall through the cracks. This fund will provide thousands of families with some immediate and much-needed relief.”
The online application will open on HarrisCountyRelief.org on Tuesday, June 23 at 6 a.m. and close on Wednesday, June 24 at 10 p.m. You can also apply over the phone by calling the COVID-19 Relief Fund’s phone center at (832) 848-0214. The phone center will be receiving calls from applicants on June 23 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and June 24 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The online and phone application will be available in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, Farsi, Hindi, Urdu, Tagalog, Korean, and Vietnamese. Applications are not first-come, first-served. Instead, awardees will be selected through a randomized selection process from among the applicants.
To be eligible for funds, applicants must live in Harris County and meet certain household income and public benefits criteria. The fund is open to immigrant households. Given the enormous need, the fund is likely to receive more applications than funding available. To ensure the funds are reaching those most deeply impacted and vulnerable in our communities, the selection process will prioritize residents in Harris County's most vulnerable census tracts.
For more information on the COVID-19 Relief Fund application, eligibility criteria, and the selection process, please visit HarrisCountyRelief.org. Those in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to call 211 Texas/United Way helpline to find an organization in your geographic region that can serve you.
The Harris County Judge's Office
UPDATE: June 25, 2020
Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Pause Of Additional Reopening Phases
Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Businesses that are permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” said Governor Abbott. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business. I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”
UPDATE: June 26, 2020
Governor Abbott issues Executive Order GA-28
Please see press release below from Governor Greg Abbott:
Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19 - Limits Certain Businesses And Services With Direct Link To Infections
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”
View Executive Order GA-28 here.
UPDATE: June 26, 2020
Please see message below from Harris County:
On June 11, Harris County launched a new COVID-19 threat level system designed to help residents better understand the threat from COVID-19 and provide clear guidance on the steps to take to protect the community, to support the conditions to avoid a crisis, and to sustainably reopen the local economy. The system, informed by the latest data from local health authorities, research institutions, and public health experts, includes a color-coded level indicator for residents displaying the level of COVID-19 threat.
The system advises four levels: Level 1 severe (red), Level 2 significant (orange), Level 3 moderate (yellow), and Level 4 minimal (green). Along with the level of transmission are actions residents should follow: Stay home, (red); minimize all contacts (orange); stay vigilant (yellow); and resume normal contacts (green). The system can be found on readyharris.org along with the latest community guidelines.
Today, Harris County is elevating the public threat level to Level One, which indicates a “severe and uncontrolled” level of COVID-19, meaning outbreaks are worsening, contact tracing capacity is strained or exceeded, and healthcare surge is likely. The elevation to threat level 1 is a result of multiple data points that demonstrate alarming trends that are on track to overwhelm our local healthcare system.
Under a level one threat, the public is urged to:
- Stay home, except for the most essential needs like going to the grocery store for food and medicine.
- Avoid and cancel all gatherings of any size.
- Essential workers practice special precautions to prevent spread.
- All vulnerable individuals (65+ or with pre-existing health conditions) stay home.
- Self-quarantine for 14 days if in close and prolonged contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19.
- Wear face coverings to protect others.
- Avoid non-essential business and personal travel. Avoid public transportation where possible.
- Cancel visits to nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and hospitals.
- Avoid and cancel all indoor and outdoor gatherings, including concerts, rodeos, large sporting. events, etc. Schools and after school activities for youth close, as directed by educational authorities.
- Minimize contacts with others wherever possible.
UPDATE: July 2, 2020
Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29 on Thursday, July 2.
Read the order here.
Executive Order GA-17 - Governor Greg Abbott - Statewide strikeforce – 4-17-20
Executive Order GA-16 - Governor Greg Abbott – Retail-to-go and school closure – 4-17-20
Executive Order GA-15 - Governor Greg Abbott - Hospital capacity-PPE – 4-17-20
Read President Donald Trump's "Opening Up American Again" guidelines here. - 4-16-20
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order extension - Full order - April 3, 2020
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order extension through April 30 - March 31, 2020
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order - March 24, 2020
Texas Governor Greg Abbott - Executive Order/Public Health Disaster - March 19, 2020
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - Harris County bar/restaurant order - March 17, 2020
Harris County - Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency - March 11, 2020
City of Deer Park - Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency - March 13, 2020
Information sources - Federal, State, Regional
Please see current information from the Texas Department of State Health Services (https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html) and Harris County Public Health (http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus).
Additional links residents may review include:
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new resource offers COVID-19-related mental health support for all Texans. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
Visit the Health and Human Services website for more information at https://hhs.texas.gov/.
For updates from the Deer Park Independent School District, please visit DPISD.org or the district's Facebook page to learn more.
Per an executive order issued by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Friday, July 3, attendees of any outdoor fireworks display are prohibited from leaving their vehicles during those events. Attendees to the Parks and Recreation Department’s Fourth Fest fireworks display are advised to remain in their vehicles for the duration of the event. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:15PM tonight.
Fourth Fest announcement
With the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, many cities have either cancelled or curtailed large gatherings such as July 4th festivities.
Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation amending his Executive Order GA-26 to provide that local officials in consultation with the local public health authorities may impose additional restrictions for any outdoor gathering estimated to be in excess of 100 people.
On Thursday, July 2, Governor Abbott issued a new Executive Order imposing restrictions for outdoor gatherings estimated to be in excess of 10 people. The order is available for viewing at https://www.deerparktx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/8758/Governor-Greg-Abbott---Executive-Order-GA-29---July-2-2020.
In evaluating outdoor gatherings of any size, the following factors should be taken into account by local officials:
1. The overall number of projected attendees;
2. The likelihood of individuals over the age of 65 attending;
3. The density of the forum and the ability to ensure social distancing of 6 feet between individuals; and
4. The level of transmission in the county.
Taking the aforementioned factors into consideration, the City of Deer Park will proceed with the fireworks previously planned for Fourth Fest on July 4, 2020 at 9:15 p.m. As previously announced, the concert portion of the event as well as the sale of concessions and opening of the Jimmy Burke Activity Center (JBAC) are cancelled.
A live stream of the fireworks display will be shared on the Parks and Recreation Department’s social media outlets including Facebook and Instagram for those citizens who want to watch the fireworks from the comfort of their homes. Parking will be allowed at the JBAC, Battleground Golf Driving Range, and Girls softball complex as "drive-in viewing only."
In light of Governor Abbott’s updated order, Mayor Jerry Mouton strongly urges residents to take advantage of the streaming video coverage of the fireworks display, as opposed to attending in their vehicles.
“I am excited to celebrate the Fourth of July, and I’m certain our community as a whole will enjoy the fantastic fireworks display planned for this Saturday,” Mayor Mouton said. “In light of Governor Abbott’s most recent direction regarding public gatherings, I would like to strongly encourage our residents to take advantage of the streaming video options available during the event. These options will allow families to watch the show together while minimizing the potential for spreading the COVID-19 virus in a public setting.
“JBAC parking is available for fireworks viewing; however, if individuals or families do attend in person, it is strongly encouraged that citizens stay in their vehicles. By staying in their respective vehicles and refraining from creating even small gatherings of persons from different households, attendees will contribute to making the event safer for everyone involved.”
The City is making these efforts to allow our residents to enjoy the Fourth of July in the safest possible way, while acknowledging the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic – your compliance in keeping this holiday safe for all is greatly appreciated.
Deer Park Public Library - Operational update
The Library has returned to contactless curbside only service until further notice. Pick up will be available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 10AM-5PM and Tuesday from 10AM-6:30PM. You can place your holds online or call us Monday through Friday 9AM to 5PM for assistance. Call 281-478-7208 for more information.
Mobile printing and telephone reference will be available during this time.
An update from the Deer Park Municipal Court:
Residents are advised that Deer Park Municipal Court dockets will resume on Thursday, June 4 and continue every Thursday. Due to capacity limitations in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the number of dockets held on each day will be increased throughout the months of June and July. Note: All persons entering the Court will be required to wear a mask.
According to Michelle Combs, Court Administrator, court will be held at 10AM, 1PM and 3PM each Thursday during this timeframe. As well, a juvenile docket will be held on the first Thursday of June (June 4) and the first Thursday of August (August 6) at 4:30PM.
“For the safety of our patrons, we are practicing social distancing in the building and only have the doors on the north side of the building open,” Combs said. “On Thursdays, we will have screening and temperature checks at the door and masks are required for court.”
Deer Park Municipal Court offices are open and social distancing measures are in place. No new warrants will be issued prior to June 11, but existing warrants will remain active.
Please contact the court to address any existing warrants or to make payment. Municipal Court payments can be made online – with a $1.50 fee - at http://www.deerparktx.gov/1060/Online-Payments. Payments by phone may be made with a $2.50 fee by calling 866-202-5009.
An update from Deer Park Public Works:
Beginning Monday, June 1, the Deer Park Recycling Center will return to its regular operating schedule. The facility will be opened to residents from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
The Recycling Center is co-located with the Transfer Station at 610 Old Underwood Road. For more information about recycling in Deer Park, visit: http://deerparktx.gov/501/Recycling.
Resident advisory: City facility announcements
Pursuant to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo’s “Stay Home – Work Safe” order, issued on March 24, 2020 and extended on April 4, 2020, and Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA- 14 issued on March 31, 2020, the services offered by the City of Deer Park during the COVID-19 disaster have primarily been limited to “essential services” or “critical infrastructure.”
With the expiration of the County’s “Stay Home – Work Safe” order and under the “Reopened services” section in the Governor’s Executive Order GA-18, Section 2(i), both effective on May 1, 2020, the City of Deer Park will re-open certain “local government operations” to varying degrees on May 4, in addition to the existing “essential services” and “critical infrastructure” which will continue.
Below is the status of City services and facilities effective on May 4.
Facilities that will re-open to the public include City Hall (both the front lobby and the Utility Billing lobby), the Deer Park Police Department, and the Deer Park Animal Shelter (by appointment only for adoptions and drop-offs). At City Hall, utility billing and permit customers are encouraged to enter and exit from the rear (south) entrance.
Emergency services provided by the Deer Park Police Department, Deer Park Emergency Medical Services and the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department will continue as normal, and emergency calls should be directed to 9-1-1. The administrative offices located at Fire Station #3 will re-open to the public on Monday, May 4.
Please note: Members of the public are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing in and around City facilities and to utilize facial coverings as specified in Harris County Judge Hidalgo’s amended order. It is recommended that - whenever possible - residents utilize online City services as opposed to walk-in visits in order to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Trash Service/Public Works
Curbside garbage and heavy trash pick-up will continue as normal. The Transfer Station, located at 610 Old Underwood Road, will resume regular business hours each Saturday from 9AM to 4:30PM each Saturday beginning May 2.
The Recycling Center – co-located with the Transfer Station – will be open to residents from 9AM to 6PM on the following dates: May 1-2, May 7-9, May 14-15, May 21-22 and May 28-29.
As City Hall will re-open, water and sewer issues may be reported as normal by phone at 281-478-7270 during business hours and to DPPD dispatch after-hours at 281-479-1511.
As well, citizens will also be able to apply for residential and commercial building permits at City Hall. However, residential and commercial building permits can be applied for online at: http://www.deerparktx.gov/1314/Permitting-Online-Portal-CAP . Building inspections can also be scheduled at the same site.
The Municipal Court and Theater Building will remain closed until Monday, May 11. Court dockets for Municipal Court have been cancelled through May 15. Court will resume on Thursday, May 21.
Residents are advised that no fees are being added due to the current closure, and no new warrants are being issued at this time. When the court re-opens on Monday, May 11, customers will have a 30-day grace period prior to incurring any new fees. While no new warrants will be issued during this time, existing warrants will remain active.
Municipal Court payments can be made online – with a $1.50 fee - at http://www.deerparktx.gov/1060/Online-Payments. Payments by phone may be made with a $2.50 fee by calling 866-202-5009.
Municipal Court staff is also responding to calls and emails as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and will follow up with additional information as it becomes available. Customers are encouraged to monitor City social media and to reach out directly once the Court resumes normal operation.
Deer Park Animal Shelter
The Deer Park Animal Shelter and Adoption Center will open by appointment only for adoptions and drop-offs beginning Monday, May 4. Staff will continue to respond to emergency calls during this time (i.e. injured animals & wildlife, bite cases, aggressive animals and high-risk wildlife animals).
Deer Park Parks and Recreation
The Parks and Recreation Department will begin opening various recreational amenities in limited capacities on Friday, May 1. The following amenities will reopen or remain open as of that date: All City parks, open areas, and trails (including outdoor bathrooms and the Dow Park Pavilions); the Ella and Friends dog park; and athletic sports fields (no more than four individuals at a time per Governor Abbott's executive order).
The department encourages all citizens to help keep these amenities open and safe by continuing social distancing practices, wearing facial coverings, washing hands, and staying home when ill.
The Community Center, Game Room, Earl Dunn Gym, all playgrounds, Maxwell Adult Center and other recreation buildings will remain closed at this time. The Maxwell Adult Senior meals program will continue its current operations.
As Elected and public health officials provide additional guidelines for safe usage, the department will provide updates and begin preparing these facilities and other amenities for use.
Deer Park Public Library
Deer Park Public Library will resume curbside service on Monday, May 4 at 10AM. According to Rebecca Pool, Director of the Deer Park Public Library, patrons will be able to reserve materials for drive-through pick-up. As well, the library will be adding additional remote services.
Starting Monday, May 4, patrons will have the option to call the library or go online to reserve materials through the library’s online catalog, and then use our curbside service to pick them up. To ensure the safety of our staff and patrons, customers will be asked to park, call the library and provide their name and vehicle description. Staff will come to the vehicle, check the patron’s driver’s license to confirm their identity through a closed window, and leave the items on the hood of the vehicle. Patrons are asked to wait until the staff member has stepped away from the vehicle before retrieving their items.
“Drive-through service will be provided between the hours of 10AM and 12PM and 2PM to 4PM,” Pool said. “As well, holds requested during the temporary closure will be processed and ready for pick-up on Monday, May 4.”
Cardholders can reserve up to eight items per card. No new cards will be issued during this time. If you’ve never used the Deer Park Public Library’s online catalog before, placing a hold is easy. Just go to the City’s website, www.deerparktx.gov, navigate to the Library’s departmental page to access the library catalog. Select an item, click “Place request,” and enter your library card and PIN number.
“Beginning Monday, May 4 at 9AM, the book drop will also re-open for returns,” Pool said. “We are asking that all items be returned to book drop. For two weeks beginning May 4, the library will forgive all late fees to ensure the safe return of materials.”
Patrons are encouraged to call the Library for assistance at 281-478-7208 beginning Monday, May 4 from 9AM. Calls will be answered from 9AM-5PM on Monday through Friday.
Library staff are working to develop protocols to allow a limited number of patrons to enter the facility at a later date. Patrons are encouraged to monitor the City website and the DPPL Facebook for additional information and service availability as it is announced.
City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings
The past two meetings of the City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission have been conducted via audio conference call. Beginning on May 4 for the Planning and Zoning Commission and May 5 for the City Council, these meetings will be in-person; however, social distancing and the 25% occupancy rule will be utilized.
The Battleground Golf Course remains open.
Click here to view archived City of Deer Park departmental updates from March 13 through April 22, 2020.