Parks and Recreation Closures Information

UPDATES

April 9, 2021

Beginning on Sunday, April 11, 2021, Bartholomew Pool will reopen for modified operations.  With Bartholomew and Big Stacy Pools now reopened for modified operations, Springwoods Pool will return to its regularly modified hours. 

March 8, 2021 

Springwoods Pool, 13320 Lyndhurst St., will reopen on Tuesday, March 9 now that repairs from winter storm Uri have been completed.  News Release

February 24, 2021

Barton Springs Pool and Deep Eddy Pool will reopen on Thursday, February 25, 2021 after closures last week due to the Severe Weather Emergency. Admission to both pools is free until further notice.  News Release

In consultation with the Austin Public Health Department and the public health authorities, the following amenities are currently OPEN:

  • Barton Creek Spillway (aka "Barking Springs")
  • Bartholomew Pool
  • Barton Springs Pool  
  • Big Stacy Pool
  • Basketball Courts
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Docks
  • Boating Concessions
  • Campsites at Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Cemeteries
  • Clay Shooting Concessions
  • Deep Eddy Pool
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • Event Buildings (stand alone sites) (reserve online with limits)
  • Filming Permits (at sites without closures or operating limits)
  • Food Concessions
  • Girl Scout Cabin (outdoor space at 25% capacity and modified operations-  no events any size) 
  • Golf Courses increase starting intervals to 12 minutes between groups 
    • All tournaments remain cancelled 
    • Remove all picnic tables in pavilion areas 
    • Eliminate indoor seating in food and beverage concession areas 
    • Encourage on-line payments 
    • Restrict pro shop access to payment only and limited to 3 people inside with social distancing at any given time 
    • Increase spacing on the driving range to 8 ft. 
    • All water jugs removed 
    • Continue with sanitization process for golf carts (before and after use) with Single Cart or walking only 
  • Mayfield Park (outdoor areas only)
  • Neighborhood Tennis Courts (and outdoor Pickleball Courts)
  • Outdoor Exercise Equipment
  • Outdoor Restrooms 
  • Parks Greenspace 
  • Picnic Sites & Pavilion Permits (reserve online with limits)
  • Playgrounds
  • Preserves
  • Skate Parks
  • Special Event Sites (with limits and approved health safety plans)
  • Springwoods Pool
  • Sunshine Camp (outdoor space at 25% capacity and modified operations-  no events any size) 
  • Tennis Centers at reduced capacity and modified operations (payment on line, limited bathroom access, increased time between court bookings  – no events any size) 
  • Trails
  • Umlauf Sculpture Garden (outdoor space only at 25% capacity and established modified operations -no events any size)
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water Fountains
  • Zilker Botanical Garden

*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 facilities are CLOSED to the public:

  • All Recreation Centers
  • All Splash Pad 
  • Austin Nature & Science Center
  • Girl Scout Cabin indoor space 
  • Museum and Cultural Facilities
  • Oakwood Cemetery Chapel
  • Senior Centers
  • Sunshine Camp indoor space 
  • Zilker Caretaker House
  • Park amenities including, but not limited to: athletic fields, and pavilions.

Programs SUSPENDED 

  • All Athletic/Sports Programs and Leagues 
  • Volunteer Programs though out the Park System 
Park Entry Day Use Passes for Emma Long Metropolitan Parks
  • Must be reserved in advanced online (reservation required for visits Friday - Sunday)  
    • Emma Long Metropolitan Park
    • 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.)P

PARKS PROJECTS

Bartholomew District Park Parking Lot
Date of closure: June 1 - July 2, 2021
Description: The parking lot adjacent to the splash pad at Bartholomew District Park will be closed from June 1 - July 2. The parking lot will be resurfaced and new curbing installed. On street and other parking lots are available to access for the public.

Restroom Closures 
Date of closure: March 1, 2021 - TBA
Description: Restrooms listed below are currently closed due to damages from the recent winter storm.

  • Bartholomew District Park Restroom
  • Civitan Park Restroom  (opened only during pool hours)
  • Festival Beach Restroom
  • Govalle Neighborhood Park Restroom
  • Kreig Field Restroom
  • Ramsey Neighborhood Park Restroom
  • Vic Mathias Water Fountains
  • Walsh Boat Landing Restroom

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park Playground
Date of closure: December 7, 2020 - May 2021
Description: The playground is under renovation to provide a leading, accessible playground for children of all ages and abilities in North Austin. The design features a loop exploration path through a sensory garden, rubber safety surface with a variety of ground-level play opportunities, and an iconic platform structure that thematically aligns with the natural areas surrounding the playground. 

Little Stacy Restrooms
Date of closure: August 26, 2020 - TBA
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 Train
Date of closure: May 7, 2019 - TBA
Description: Due to part of the train track near its turnaround breaking away, the train is temporarily closed. Austin Parks Foundation is bringing the train back in late Summer 2021. For more information visit zilkertrain.org

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.

Facility Maintenance

 

TRAILS

Shoal Creek Walk Access Trail (5th to 6th St.)
Date of closure: November 16, 2020 - November 2021
Description: The ramp access to Shoal Creek between 5th and 6th Streets will be closed for about a year.  The trail itself will remain open, just not the ramp up to 6th Street.

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

 

PLAYGROUND

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park Playground
Date of closure: December 7, 2020 - May 2021
Description: The playground is under renovation to provide a leading, accessible playground for children of all ages and abilities in North Austin. The design features a loop exploration path through a sensory garden, rubber safety surface with a variety of ground-level play opportunities, and an iconic platform structure that thematically aligns with the natural areas surrounding the playground. 
 

ATHLETICS AND GOLF

 

TURF MAINTENANCE

Great Lawn Closure
Date of Closure:  May 10 & 11, 2021
Description:  On 05/10/2021 and 05/11/2021 turf staff will be fertilizing the lower north half of the Great Lawn at Zilker Park.   Public application notification signage will be posted at Zilker Park entry points on 05/07/2021.  The gates to the park will be closed to the public until 1pm or until the application dries.
On 05/12/2021 turf staff will be fertilizing the upper south  half and the volleyball area of the Great Lawn at Zilker Park.  Public application notification signage will be posted at Zilker park entry points on 05/07/2021. The gates to the park will be closed to the public until 1pm or until the application dries.
Zilker Public Parking Patrons can park on the south side of Barton Springs Rd. at Zilker Park.  There is no fee for parking and they can use the cross walk to safely cross Barton Springs Rd.  They can also park in the Stratford gravel parking lot off Stratford Dr, just north of Barton Springs Rd.     

Vic Mathias Shores Closure
Date of Closure:  May 13, 2021
Description:  On 05/13/2020 turf staff will be fertilizing the turf at Vic Mathias Shores.  Public application notification signage will be posted at Vic Mathias Shores on 05/10/2021 at entry points.  The parking lot at Vic Mathias Shores will remains open to the public.