SEGUIN, Texas - We all know about tubing on the Guadalupe River in the New Braunfels area, but what about further down the river in Seguin? City officials there are considering a plan that would bring tubing to the town in Guadalupe County.
Right now Starcke Park in Seguin is a relatively quiet, tranquil place where people come to fish or just enjoy the shade of the tremendous pecan trees along the banks. The site is picturesque. Plans are to turn the old hydroelectric plant along the Guadalupe River into a restaurant with a number of water activities.
People like Ed Perry enjoy taking in the relaxing park but he sees a need to give local folks something fun to do without having to go out of town.
“I think a lot of people would enjoy it and a lot of people would utilize it,” Perry told us. “I do think it would be an attractive option for families if they could manage somehow to make sure it is safe.”
He's referring to the area of water near the plant where the water is rougher and can swirl. The developers, Lake Seguin Hydro-Electric Partners, say they plan on providing fun for kayakers, tubers and further away from the waterfall area, paddleboats.
While the city sees the idea's potential in approving the parking and a tram route to accommodate tubers, it hasn't given the okay for tubing itself... yet.
Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies put it this way, “When we do receive the plan, there will be a careful review of what they have to offer and careful consideration of the project before any decision is made.”
The city also would like to know what kind of financial benefit it would see from the project. Most people we talked with liked the overall idea of the attraction, however the city council feels they need more details, especially on the tubing proposition. That may come out in the next couple of months.