Zilker’s Caretaker Cottage Grand Opening at 9AM --
100 years ago, the residents of Austin were given one of the best gifts of all time, the “Crown Jewel of Austin”. Due to the generosity of businessman and philanthropist Andrew Zilker, the citizens of Austin were given the land that is now known and loved as Zilker Park.
In celebration of Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary, the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, along with a collaborative group of organizations that operate within the park, are excited to announce the first ever Free Day taking place on Sunday, April 9.
During this special Free Day, Austinites and visitors will enjoy park activities such as the Zilker Zephyr, Umlauf Family Day and Barton Springs Pool at no cost, as well as several other one-time-only activities, including special programming at Austin Nature and Science Center. To learn more about the free amenities and special events happening on Free Day, visit www.zilker100.org/free.
Several restaurants on Barton Springs Road will also take part in the special celebration by donating a percentage of the day’s sales to the Zilker 100 campaign, which will be used to help fund future improvements to the park. Participating restaurants include JuiceLand, Sno-Beach, SquareRut Kava bar, and Juliet. Trudy’s trailer will also be participating by giving out free waters per purchase for guests to take along as they enjoy Free Day activities.
The Zilker 100 celebration will begin with a proclamation reading by Austin City Council during the Zilker Caretaker's Cottage grand opening at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 9, and Free Day activities will start as early as 5 a.m., when Barton Springs Pool opens, and go throughout the day. Street teams will surprise park patrons throughout the day with Zilker 100 swag such as shirts, hats, and more.
Zilker 100th proclamation reading by Austin City Council to take place at 9 a.m. Hours vary for each activity
Partners in the Zilker 100 Anniversary celebration include: City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Austin Parks Foundation, Austin Sunshine Camp, Barton Springs Conservancy, Hill Country Conservancy, Save Our Springs Alliance, The Trail Foundation, Trail of Lights, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, ABC Kite Fest, and Zilker Theater Productions.
Conditions may be crowded for Zilker Park’s free day. Officials encourage attendees to carpool and/or explore alternative transportation options. Please prepare for heavier-than-normal traffic and plan accordingly.
For additional information and to see the full list of free amenities and special events happening on Free Day, visit www.zilker100.org/free.