Parks and Recreation Closures Information

UPDATES

 

September 11, 2020
Beginning on Saturday, September 12, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will reopen additional park amenities, facilities and programs. It has been determined that these re-openings may proceed safely during
Stage 3 COVID-19: Risk-Based Guidelines. These changes were made in consultation with Austin Public Health and City leadership.

The following park amenities will be available: 

  • Barton Creek Spillway (aka "Barking Springs")
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • Neighborhood Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Adult Exercise Equipment
  • Campsites (at Emma Long Metropolitan Park)

Additionally, the following facilities* are allowed to reopen: 

  • Sunshine Camp
  • Girl Scout Cabin 

*Each facility will operate under reduced capacity and COVID-19 Modified Operating Procedures specific to each facility, such as social distancing, cleaning protocols, and other requirements of the non-profit operators. 

Finally, these PARD programs may resume: 

  • Permitted outdoor fitness instruction
  • Approved small group (10 or less) activities (e.g. outdoor volunteer activities such as clean-ups and plantings) 

The Department continues to evaluate its system-wide operations on a daily basis. As risk stages decrease, further consideration will be given to additional PARD openings. It is also possible that if conditions deteriorate, the Department will again close amenities/facilities.

Park patrons are reminded to continue practicing social distancing, hand sanitation, and wearing masks. 
 

August 13, 2020 

Beginning on Saturday, August 15, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will reopen limited park amenities and outdoor facilities. It's been determined that these re-openings may proceed safely during Stage 4 COVID-19: Risk-Based Guidelines. These changes were made in consultation with Austin Public Health and City leadership.

The following park amenities will be available: 

  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Docks

Additionally, the following outdoor PARD facilities* will reopen: 

  • Tennis Centers
  • Golf Courses
  • Boating Concessions
  • Clay Shooting Concessions
  • Food Concessions

*Each facility will operate under reduced capacity and COVID-19 Modified Operating Procedures specific to each facility, such as social distancing, cleaning protocols, temperature checks, etc. 

The Department continues to evaluate its system-wide operations on a daily basis. As risk stages decrease, further consideration will be given to additional PARD openings. It is also possible that if conditions deteriorate, the Department will again close amenities/facilities.

Park patrons are reminded to continue practicing social distancing, hand sanitation, and wearing masks. 

July 30, 2020

The Parks and Recreation Department (PARD), in consultation with the Austin Public Health Department, will reopen Bull Creek Greenbelt and Barton Creek Greenbelt beginning August 8, 2020.

As part of PARD's capacity management program, designed to alleviate environmental and community impacts, the Department will implement a pilot capacity management program at Barton Creek Greenbelt. This program will begin August 8 and is expected to continue for approximately 5 months. As a part of the pilot program Barton Creek Greenbelt will require a reservation in advance of visits Thursday through Sunday beginning Saturday, August 8, 2020. Reservations are free and can be made online beginning August 1.  Online Pass Reservation Guide.  Persons who do NOT have a computer, may call for assistance during normal office hours 512-974-6797. (NOTE - Currently the city is working under modified operations due to COVID19.  Please call, leave a message for assistance.)
 
As one of the formally recognized 2020 Leave No Trace Hot Spots, environmental impacts at Barton Creek Greenbelt have reached a critical level and continue to worsen. With increased traffic to the Greenbelt, litter (including pet waste), erosion, trail damage, water quality issues, and injuries continue to rise. Neighborhoods surrounding the residential entrances are particularly impacted by heavy traffic, public intoxication, and trash. By closely monitoring usage during the pilot program, Park Rangers will gather insight for future Barton Creek Greenbelt management strategies, educational opportunities and funding requirements. 

Advance reservations are currently required for visitors Thursdays through Sundays at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park, Emma Long Metropolitan Park, and Walter E Long Metropolitan Park. Reservations for all parks can be made online.  Online Pass Reservation Guide.  Emma Long Metropolitan Park website,  Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park website, Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park website

July 2, 2020 

Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and the projected trajectory of COVID related hospitalizations, beginning on Monday, July 6, all facilities and park amenities will remain closed. This includes facilities previously reopened such as cultural facilities, pools, golf courses, tennis facilities, park concessions, and other amenities. 

All in-person programming for the month of July will be suspended including sports and fitness programming, summer camps, and cultural programming. In addition, the Barton Creek and Bull Creek greenbelts will remain closed. Parks will remain open; however, all amenities (e.g. volleyball courts, tennis courts, playgrounds, disc golf courses, etc) will be closed except for restrooms and water fountains.

City of Austin parks and trails (except for those listed above) will remain open; however, rules regarding mask use and social distancing continue to apply. PARD Rangers will continue to patrol parks and help educate park uses for voluntary compliance. 

The Parks and Recreation Department will continue to provide park access for COVID-19 related City of Austin initiatives such as drive through testing and meal distribution. Additionally, any PARD sites identified as polling locations will open as scheduled for voting.

 


In consultation with the Austin Public Health Department and the public health authorities, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will providing access to the following amenities:

  • Barton Creek Spillway (aka "Barking Springs")
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Docks
  • Boating Concessions
  • Campsites at Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Clay Shooting Concessions
  • Disc Golf Courses 
  • Food Concessions
  • Golf Courses
  • Mayfield Park (outdoor areas only)
  • Neighborhood Tennis Courts 
  • Outdoor Exercise Equipment
  • Outdoor Restrooms 
  • Parks Greenspace 
  • Tennis Centers 
  • Trails
  • Water Fountains

Additionally, the following facilities* are allowed to reopen: 

  • Sunshine Camp
  • Girl Scout Cabin 

*Each facility will operate under reduced capacity and COVID-19 Modified Operating Procedures specific to each facility, such as social distancing, cleaning protocols, and other requirements of the non-profit operators.

The following PARD programs may resume beginning Sept. 12: 

  • Permitted outdoor fitness instruction
  • Approved small group (10 or less) activities (e.g. outdoor volunteer activities such as clean-ups and plantings) 

Per the COVID-19 Mayoral declaration, the following PARD facilities are CLOSED to the public:

  • All Playgrounds
  • All Pools
  • All Recreation Centers
  • All Special Event facilities
  • All Splash Pad 
  • Austin Nature & Science Center
  • Barton Springs Pool
  • Deep Eddy Pool
  • Museum and Cultural Facilities
  • Oakwood Cemetery Chapel
  • Preserves
  • Senior Centers
  • Zilker Botanical Garden
  • Zilker Caretaker House
  • Park amenities including, but not limited to: neighborhood basketball courts, neighborhood volleyball courts, skate parks, playgrounds, and pavilions.

 

Park Entry Day Use Passes for Barton Creek Greenbelt, Commons Ford Metropolitan Park, Emma Long Metropolitan Park and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park.
  • Must be reserved in advanced online   
    • No entry is granted without a day pass reservation
    • Passes available 14 days in advance, and no less than midnight the night before.  Passes are emailed and should be printed for display.  Once at capacity – no additional queuing to get into the park will be allowed.  Limit 2 per day/household.
    • Online Pass Reservation Guide
    • Persons who do NOT have a computer, may call for assistance during normal office hours 512-974-6797. (NOTE - Currently the city is working under modified operations due to COVID19.  Please call, leave a message for assistance.)
  • Pay in person by COIN/CREDIT at the Emma Long and Walter E Long Metropolitan Parks pay station
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park website
  • Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park website
  • Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park website

PARKS PROJECTS

Longhorn Dam North Parking Lot
Date of closure: August 31, 2020 - September 2, 2020.
Description: Beginning Monday, August 31st Austin Water will begin Zebra Mussel mitigation at Longhorn dam. They are requesting the use of the North parking area at Canterbury St. to be used as a staging area for the contractors equipment.

Little Stacy Restrooms
Date of closure: August 26, 2020 - TBA
Description: Maintenance

Comal Pocket Park
Date of closure: April 27 - October 30, 2020
Description: Renovations and improvements to the existing park amenities.

Zilker Park Great Lawn 
Date of closure: Beginning 08/04/2020 and every Tuesday morning through the end of September the Zilker Park entrance will be closed from 6:30am until 9:30am.  
Description: This window will allow the mowing crews to mow scheduled areas with less interruptions.  The entrance will be closed with orange cones.  Entrance gates will be partially closed so runners can remain on the asphalt street.  The gates at Lou Neff and Stratford will remain unlock.  This will allow park patrons that arrive before 6:30am an exit.  

Parking will be available on the south side of Barton Springs RD.  Park patrons can use the safety cross walk to cross Barton Springs Rd.   

Little Stacy Restroom
Date of closure: December 6, 2019 - TBD
Description: Maintenance

Vic Mathias Shores Restroom
Date of closure: October 3, 2019 - TBD
Description: Maintenance

Lakeshores Restroom
Date of closure: December 13, 2019 - TBA
Description: Maintenance

Pease District Park Kingsbury Commons
Date of closure: February 19, 2020 - March 2021 (anticipated)
Description: Southern 7 acres of Pease District Park will be closed for construction. Project information here.

Zilker Zephyr Train
Date of closure: May 7, 2019 - TBA
Description: Due to part of the train track near its turnaround started to break away, the Zephyr is temporarily closed.

Pedestrian Bridge at Roy G. Guerrero Colorado River Metropolitan Park
Date of closure: May 28, 2015 - TBA
Description: The pedestrian bridge is closed due to flood damage until further notice.

POOLS / SPLASH PAD 

All pools are closed until further notice.

 

TRAILS

Shoal Creek Trail (24th to 29th of Lamar)
Date of closure: May 4, 2018 - TBA
Description: Damaged by landslide. City’s Watershed department is working on the plans to stabilize the hillside and give us room for replacing the trail. We anticipate the end of construction early next year if all things fall in line. Website

Walnut Creek Trail
Closures are intermittent and updates can be found at https://www.183south.com/ 

Trail Closed at US 183 Crossing. Use Detour to Cross Highway.

PLAYGROUND

Circle C Playground Improvements
Date of Closure:  May 8, 2020 - September 30, 2020
Description: Playground replacement and ADA improvements.
 

MUSEUMS / CULTURAL CENTERS / GALLERIES

 

RECREATION FACILITIES / SENIOR CENTERS

 

ATHLETICS AND GOLF

 

TURF MAINTENANCE