The Fourth of July should mean fireworks, picnics, family time, and tons of mid-summer fun. Unfortunately this year it's going to be raining cats and dogs and no one is going to be able to be outside and all the rain is going to put out all the grills all over El Paso.

Not really. You know why things are so different this year. We have to learn to live with COVID-19 and that means learning to live with restrictions so that we can work on keeping each other safe. Because of the upswing in positive COVID-19 cases, El Paso County officials decided to close Ascarate Park for the Fourth of July. That's the bad news. The good news is that the park will only be closed on the actual Fourth of July. It will reopen, with restrictions, on Sunday, July 5th.

Ascarate Gold Course will be open on the Fourth of July, but only if you already have a reserved tee time. You won't be able to use the walking or biking trails, go fishing, kayaking, or use the handball courts. All the amenities will be closed down for the Fourth, but they will all be available again on Sunday the fifth.

If you're thinking, well, hey, I'll just go to another County park. Nope. You can't do that either. All other County parks are closed. None of the amenities at those parks are open until further notice. You can find a more information about Ascarate Park and Ascarate Golf Course on the County's website by clicking here.