The Kendall County Parks system consists of three natural area parks and a community park that encompass 512 acres.
Joshua Springs Park & Preserve encompasses 365 acres of rich Texas hill country terrain. The park currently includes a playground, numerous covered pavilions and picnic areas, grills, restrooms and water fountains. The park also includes a 9-hole disc golf course, 4 wildlife observation blinds, a 2-acre off-leash dog park and 9-miles of multi-use trails throughout the entire park. Additionally, an office building located near the park entrance serves as headquarters for the Kendall County Parks Department. A 9-acre lake fed by Little Joshua Creek serves as the park’s main source for water recreation and a prime fishing destination. The lake includes 2 fishing piers, a floating dock and kayak/canoe launching points. Joshua Springs Park & Preserve is also home to the Ring Mountain Event Center, located on the back portion of the park.
Kreutzburg Canyon Natural Area encompasses 117 acres along the Guadalupe River and includes picnic areas, grills, benches, wildlife observation blinds, 3 miles of multi-use trails and multiple river access points. With the park being substantial in size and its proximity to a prominent water resource, Kreutzburg Canyon Natural Area is a popular location for birding, fishing, wildlife observation and photography.
James Kiehl River Bend Park encompasses 25 acres along the Guadalupe River and includes picnic areas, grills, benches, a wildlife observation blind, 1.5 miles of multi-use trails and multiple river access points. The park is a memorial park honoring a local army soldier, James Kiehl, who passed away during the Iraq War in 2003.
Comfort Park encompasses 5 acres in a residential area located in the center of Comfort and includes a playground, basketball court, picnic areas, BBQ grills, restrooms and benches. The park also includes a covered pavilion, gazebo and a community center. Comfort Park is also home to numerous community events, including Christmas in Comfort and the annual 4th of July celebration.
Daniel Vetter is the Parks Director for Kendall County. He has spent the last 15 years working in local government parks and recreation agencies throughout central Texas and enjoys the variety of challenges the field brings.