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City of Kerrville Eclipse Press Release 4/3/24

Kerrville, Texas (April 3, 2024) – The April 8 total solar eclipse is quickly approaching and the City of Kerrville has been diligently preparing for the influx of guests to the community. Please take time to review the information below to better prepare yourself for the upcoming eclipse event.

Road Closures

Beginning by 10 a.m. on April 8, expect delays as the city’s Traffic Safety Plan takes effect. If you plan on attending an event, please be in place by 10 a.m. if possible, to avoid additional traffic congestion. The road closures are designed to help push traffic out of Kerrville towards I-10 post-eclipse. Please visit www.kerrvilleeclipse.com for a detailed description of roadways that will be impacted by the Traffic Safety Plan.

Parking Information

Limited, free event parking for the Kerrville Eclipse Festival will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the parking garage at 201 Clay St. in Downtown Kerrville. The parking lot at the Butt Holdsworth Memorial Library, 505 Water St., will have limited, free first-come, first-serve accessible-only parking spots available to the public. You must have a state-issued person with disabilities plate or placard to park in an accessible parking space.

Additional information about parking locations at private businesses and organizations can be found at www.kerrvilleeclipse.com. Please remember that parking is allowed in authorized/designated parking lots and spaces only. Parking along the roads is not allowed.

Adjusted Operations

The City of Kerrville municipal offices, the Scott Schreiner Golf Course, and the Kerrville Tennis Complex will be closed to the public on April 8. Due to the increased number of guests, Kerrville-Schreiner Park will be closed for day-use from April 5 to April 9. Overnight guests with reservations will be permitted to have vehicular access to Kerrville-Schreiner Park. Louise Hays Park will be closed to vehicular traffic from April 4 to April 9. Access to Louise Hays Park and the Kerrville River Trail remains open to foot traffic. General park and River Trail rules and regulations can be found here: www.kerrvilletx.gov/1445/Park-Regulations.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (830) 257-7300, recreation@kerrvilletx.gov, visit the city’s website at www.kerrvilletx.gov, or follow us on Facebook at City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department or Instagram at cityofkerrville.

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Kerrville partners with NASA for upcoming eclipse

(April 7, 2023) – The City of Kerrville is thrilled to announce that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected Kerrville as a primary partner location for the annular solar eclipse on Oct. 14, 2023, and the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. NASA will be broadcasting these events live from our beautiful town in the heart of the Texas Hill Country.

NASA’s live broadcast will include coverage and provide a front-row seat to the eclipse events. NASA experts from across the country will be explaining the science behind the eclipse and how NASA studies it, all while celebrating with our community. NASA experts will be on-site at our events to engage with the public and share the ways NASA studies the sun and uses that information to understand its impact on earth, throughout our solar system, and beyond. NASA’s programming will be a great addition to our already planned community events, the 2023 Kerrville River Festival and 2024 Kerrville Eclipse Festival “Dark in the Park”.

“We are absolutely thrilled that NASA selected us for both eclipse experiences,” said Ashlea Boyle, director of Parks and Recreation. “This is a great opportunity for our community, and we are expecting a significant tourism impact in 2024 for the Total Solar Eclipse due to our alignment in the path of totality. We were the only Texas location selected by NASA, and we are honored to host and work with such a well-known and prestigious agency.”

Visit www.kerrvilleeclipse.com for more information, and follow @kerrvilletxeclipse on Instagram and the Kerrville Eclipse Facebook page for eclipse-related updates.

For more information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (830) 257-7300, recreation@kerrvilletx.gov, visit the city’s website at www.kerrvilletx.gov, or follow us on Facebook at City of Kerrville Parks and Recreation Department or Instagram at cityofkerrville.

Kerrville to experience two solar eclipses in 2023

(Oct. 28, 2022) – We are about a year away from the first of two eclipses that Kerrville will experience in the next 18 months and community leaders are preparing. An annular solar eclipse will occur on Oct. 14, 2023, with a total solar eclipse taking place on April 8, 2024.

The 2023 annular eclipse will be a partial eclipse that will create a “ring of fire” around the sun. The fourth annual Kerrville River Festival will be held in conjunction with the annular eclipse. It will include programming to celebrate the celestial occasion, educate attendees on proper solar eclipse viewing practices, and prepare the community and its visitors for what’s to come in 2024. Six months later, the City of Kerrville and surrounding Hill Country will anticipate the most significant number of guests our community has ever encountered.

There are just 13 states in the U.S. where the total solar eclipse will be visible. Texas will experience the most prolonged eclipse duration of those states. The Kerrville area is only a few Page 2 of 4 miles from the centerline in Ingram. The centerline marks the middle of the path of totality. Those along this line experience the greatest length of totality, or period of darkness where the moon’s disk completely blocks the sun. The length of totality (4 minutes and 25 seconds in Kerrville), the pleasant weather, and the proximity to I-10 will make Kerrville one of the most desirable areas to view the eclipse in the country.

In February of this year, the Kerrville City Council established an ad hoc committee to help prepare our community for the 2024 solar eclipse. The committee chairs consist of city department heads from the Parks and Recreation Department, Police Department, Fire Department, and the president/CEO of the Kerrville Convention and Visitors Bureau. Committee representatives consist of Schreiner University, the Kerrville Independent School District, the Chamber of Commerce, and other community stakeholders and organizers.

The City of Kerrville and its partners are committed to ensuring Kerrville is prepared for the 2023 annular solar eclipse and the 2024 total solar eclipse. The committee is seeking the community’s help to better plan for safety management and the allocation of resources. If your business or organization is planning an eclipse-related eventfor April 2024, please register your event at www.kerrvilleeclipse.com. The short form will allow us to account for all activities happening in Kerr County. Please note that events will only be publicized if requested.

“This will be a historic event for our community, and the economic impact will be extraordinary,” City of Kerrville Tourism and Event Coordinator Rain Thoresen said. “Expecting such a large number of visitors can be a little overwhelming, but we are working to ensure our community is ready and excited! Being in the line of totality for a solar eclipse is a once-in-a- Page 3 of 4 lifetime opportunity for our area. Many have described a total solar eclipse as an emotional and even life-changing occurrence. We want to do all we can to make sure our residents and guests have a positive experience.”

Kerrville Solar Eclipse Committee member and retired NASA employee Jeff Stone says, “A total solar eclipse is like nothing you've ever experienced. Suddenly, in the middle of the day, a shadow races toward you at 1,500 miles an hour, and the day is gone. Planets, stars, and the corona are visible as the temperature drops and everyone around is awestruck. You'll never forget it!”

Want an opportunity to speak with eclipse committee members and gain some knowledge? A solar eclipse booth will be set up this Friday and Saturday at the Bizarre Bazaar at Kerr Arts and Cultural Center in downtown Kerrville.

For more information and eclipse-related updates, please visit www.kerrvilleeclipse.com and follow @kerrvilletxeclipse on Instagram and the Kerrville Eclipse Facebook page.
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