City of AustinFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
In an effort to promote social distancing and comply with the recent Stay Home- Work Safe Order, the Parks and Recreation Department has closed all park amenities with the exception of restrooms and water fountains. This closure is in addition to the previously closed PARD facilities.
This decision was made after deliberation and consultation with the Austin Public Health department and City leadership. While in ordinary times park amenities provide countless benefits, these amenities under current circumstances hinder the ability for individuals to practice physical social distancing.
The closure applies to amenities such as, but are not limited to:
- Basketball courts
- Tennis courts
- Skate parks
- Playgrounds (which were already closed last week)
- Exercise equipment (which were already closed last week)
- Park green space, trails and golf course green spaces--where social distancing can still be maintained--remain open.
PARD encourages individuals to continue practice social distancing and proper hygiene if they use park green space, trails or golf course green space.
The permanent restroom structures that are operational are cleaned and sanitized multiple times a day. The restrooms that are closed were closed prior to COVID-19 for construction or repair.
Over the next few days, PARD staff will install signage to remind the community of the closures.
For City of Austin updates on COVID-19, please visit austintexas.gov/COVID19.