Parks and Recreation Closures Information


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")
  • Barton Springs Pool 
  • Basketball Courts
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Docks
  • Boating Concessions
  • Campsites at Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Cemeteries
  • Clay Shooting Concessions
  • 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)
  • Museum and Cultural Facilities (limited access, visit Webpage for more details)
  • Neighborhood Tennis Courts (and outdoor Pickleball Courts)
  • Oakwood Cemetery Chapel 
  • Outdoor Exercise Equipment
  • Outdoor Restrooms 
  • Parks Greenspace 
  • Picnic Sites & Pavilion Permits (reserve online with limits)
  • Playgrounds
  • Pools:  
    • Balcones (close for the swim season on August 15)
    • Bartholomew
    • Barton Springs
    • Big Stacy
    • Civitan
    • Deep Eddy Pool
    • Dittmar (close for the swim season on August 15)
    • Dottie Jordan 
    • Garrison
    • Govalle
    • Kennemer (close for the swim season on August 15)
    • Mable Davis (re-open on August 16)
    • Montopolis (close for the swim season on August 15)
    • Parque Zaragoza (close for the swim season on August 15)
    • Rosewood (close for the swim season on August 15)
    • Shipe
    • Springwoods
    • Walnut Creek Pools
    • West Austin 
  • Preserves
  • Senior Centers (open for limited COVID-19 safe programs.  Pre-registration is required)
  • Skate Parks
  • Special Event Sites (with limits and approved health safety plans)
  • Splash Pads
    • Bartholomew 
    • Chestnut (closed for repair)
    • Eastwoods
    • Liz Carpenter 
    • Lott
    • Metz
    • Pease
    • Ricky Guerrero
    • Rosewood 
    • Lott
  • 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
  • Some Splash Pads 
  • Austin Nature & Science Center
  • Girl Scout Cabin indoor space 
  • Sunshine Camp indoor space 
  • Zilker Caretaker House
  • Park amenities including, but not limited to: athletic fields, and pavilions.


  • 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


Austin High Tennis Court
Date of closure: 7/29/2021 - Mid September 2021
Description: Courts are closed for repairs and resurfacing. 

Kingsbury Commons Interactive Water Feature
Date of closure: 7/10/2021 - 7/28/2021
Description: Installing new stones in the base of the water basin area.

Lou Neff Rd. Closure
Date of closure: 7/6/2021 - 8/7/2021
Description: Austin Parks Foundation and Parks and Recreation Department Announce road closure in Zilker Park in preparation for the return of the Zilker Eagle mini train.  More information

Shoal Creek Trail Closure
Date of closure: 8/7/2021, 7a.m. - 4p.m.
Description: Shoal Creek Trail closed between south side of 6th Street Bridge to 9th Street on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 between 7a.m. and 4p.m.

Dick Nichols District Park Tennis Courts
Date of closure: 7/16 - 8/13/2021
Description: The tennis courts at Dick Nichols Park will be closed to be resurfaced. 

Longhorn Dam Project
Date of closure: 6/28/2021 - TBA
Description:  Longhorn Dam Multimodal Improvements  See more information.

Chestnut Splash Pad
Date of closure:  6/14/2021 - TBA
Description:  One of valves broke preventing from being able to safely operate the Splash Pad system. We are working diligently to obtain a replacement valve and make the repair. The pad will need to be closed until the repair can be fully made.

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
  • Festival Beach Restroom
  • Govalle Neighborhood Park Restroom
  • Kreig Field Restroom
  • Vic Mathias Water Fountains

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

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.



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

Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail Detour on Longhorn Dam - Starting June 29, 2021


MFB Clarksville Playground is closed until mid August 2021.
Description:  Replacing the playground and restriping the Pickle Ball Court. 

Reed Playground
Date of closure:  July 20 until September 1, 2021
Description:  Closed for a playground replacement.