Alcohol may be consumed directly at an approved (paid) campsite or picnic site reservation. Alcohol is not permitted in other park locations. Sales are NOT allowed.
Glass containers are prohibited in the entire park system.
Smoking is prohibited in all park areas. Violations are a Class C Misdemeanor.
Amplified music/sounds/dj’s and/or bands all require a sound permit, and are ONLY issued for the picnic table(s) with a paid reservation.
A person may not operate sound equipment in a watercraft audible or causing a vibration 100 feet from the equipment.
8-5-81 - WATERCRAFT AND OTHER MOTORIZED CRAFT ON LAKE AUSTIN. (A) A person may not use or possess a jet ski, wet bike, motorized surfboard, or similar device on Lake Austin: (1) from sunset on the Friday before Memorial Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Memorial Day; (2) from sunset on the Friday before Labor Day until sunrise on the Tuesday after Labor Day; or (3) from sunset on July 3 until sunrise on July 5.
By City Code and Park Rules, all organized events require permits to ensure proper planning and logistical coordination. This includes all tournaments that require admission or participation fees. This ensures successful experience for those proposing tournaments, while maintaining public park access. Applications are strongly encouraged to be submitted a minimum of 4-6 months in advance to ensure organizers have sufficient time to prepare permit requirements such a use fees, insurance and related submittals.
For years, the park on Lake Austin was named City Park. Then, on June 28, 1984, Mayor Carol Keeton Rylander, proposed to the City Council that the park be renamed for Emma Long. Emma Long was first elected to the Austin City Council in 1948. During her tenure, she reactivated the Parks Board and became a long time supporter. In 1967, she became the first woman to serve as Mayor Pro Tem in Austin. She also supported an Open Housing Ordinance and in 1969, she became one of three Council Member to lose reelection, due to their support of the ordinance.
The unveiling renaming the park took place on Friday, December 10, 1993. “It’s nice to have a park with a lot of natural features”, said Long. In clarifying park names, she distinguished herself from Walter E. Long, “we are no kin, in fact he thought I was radical. We later became friends”. Her political career spanned nearly two decades.