SEGUIN - In an effort to bring new life and more visitors to Starcke Park, the City of Seguin is floating the idea of allowing tube rentals.
The proposal to rent tubes comes from the Lake Seguin Hydro-Electric Partners. The group is leasing the city’s old water power plant, which overlooks Starcke Park, and plans to renovate it into a restaurant and event center.
The City Council voted Tuesday to allow the restaurant to use some of the park’s parking as well as to allow a tram route in the park to transport guests to the restaurant.
“I’ve heard all my life that the park is under-utilized,” said Mayor Betty Matthies, who has lived in Seguin for nearly 78 years. “I would like to see more people use the park.”
However, Matthies said when it comes to allowing tube rentals in the park, she wants to make certain the rules are in place first.
The city tabled approving the tubing operation plan proposed by the Lake Seguin Hydro-Electric Partners.
Reuben Laging, who takes his five children to the park nearly every day said he would be in favor of allowing tube rentals...with some limitations.
"Hopefully we can learn from New Braunfels and not allow that from the get-go, and not allow all the beer drinking and all the partying going on. That ruins it for a lot of families," he said.