Parks and Recreation Closures Information

UPDATES

December 23, 2020

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

  • Bartholomew Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • Barton Creek Spillway (aka "Barking Springs")
  • Barton Springs Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • Big Stacy Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Docks
  • Boating Concessions
  • Campsites at Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Cemeteries
  • Clay Shooting Concessions
  • Deep Eddy Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • Disc Golf Courses 
  • 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 
  • Preserves
  • Springwoods Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • 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)
  • Water Fountains
  • Zilker Botanical Garden (outdoor space only at 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)

*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.

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

  • All Playgrounds
  • All Recreation Centers
  • All Special Event facilities
  • 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, neighborhood basketball courts, neighborhood volleyball courts, skate parks, playgrounds, and pavilions.
     

Programs SUSPENDED 

  • All Athletic/Sports Programs and Leagues
  • Volunteer Programs though out the Park System
  • No Event Permits for use of Park usage (exception is Trail of Lights)
  • No Pavilion/Picnic Permits
  • Filming Permits to be suspended 
September 26, 2020

In consultation with Austin Public Health and City leadership the Aquatic Division will reopen public pools using a modified fall operating schedule beginning on Saturday, September 26.

Pool schedule with link to website.
 
Re-establishment of modified operations was done after careful consideration of the local characteristics of the virus and related community priorities.
It's been determined that these re-openings may proceed safely during Stage 3: COVID-19: Risk-Based Guidelines.

PARD in consultation with the Austin Public Health Department continues to evaluate its system-wide operations on a daily basis. As risk stages decrease, further consideration will be given to additional incremental PARD openings. It is important to note, if conditions deteriorate, the Department will again close amenities/facilities.

For more information on these modified openings, please visit the Pool Re-opening FAQ.

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 following amenities are currently OPEN:

  • Bartholomew Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • Barton Creek Spillway (aka "Barking Springs")
  • Barton Springs Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • Big Stacy Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • Boat Launches
  • Boat Docks
  • Boating Concessions
  • Campsites at Emma Long Metropolitan Park
  • Cemeteries
  • Clay Shooting Concessions
  • Deep Eddy Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • Disc Golf Courses 
  • 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 
  • Preserves
  • Springwoods Pool (open for Lap Swimming Only with 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)
  • 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)
  • Water Fountains
  • Zilker Botanical Garden (outdoor space only at 25% capacity and modified operations – no events any size)

*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.

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

  • All Playgrounds
  • All Recreation Centers
  • All Special Event facilities
  • 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, neighborhood basketball courts, neighborhood volleyball courts, skate parks, playgrounds, and pavilions.

Programs SUSPENDED 

  • All Athletic/Sports Programs and Leagues 
  • Volunteer Programs though out the Park System 
  • No Event Permits for use of Park usage (exception is Trail of Lights) 
  • No Pavilion/Picnic Permits 
  • Filming Permits to be suspended 

 

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

Zilker Park and Trail Closure
Date of closure: January 25-28, 2021
Description: Repair the Zilker pump.  On 01/25/2021 staff will close about 12 parking spots directly east of the MOPAC bridge as noted on map.  This will allow proper entrance space for crane service to enter onto the trail.   A section of the trail will be roped off while the crane is parked on the trail for the repair.  We will have PARD staff on the trail as flaggers while the work is in progress.  The work should be completed by 1pm on 01/28/2021.  Once the work is complete we will re-open the trail and the parking spots to the public. 

Water Fountains at Zilker Park / Great Lawn
Date of closure: January 11, 2021 from 2pm to January 12 at 10am
Description: The portable water for the water fountains at Zilker Park  / Great Lawn will be turned off around 2pm due to extended overnight freezing temperatures.  We will turn the water fountains back on tomorrow around 10am on 01/12/2021.

Longhorn Shores Trail (Pleasant Valley and Lakeshore Dr.)
Date of closure: January 13, 2021 from 6am - 12noon
Description: Urban Forestry and The Trail Foundation are going to have a habitat restoration project that requires minor trail reroute.

Fan Testing of the Walnut Creek, Little Walnut Creek and Williamson Creek Interceptors, and Crosstown Tunnel
Date of closure:  January 27th – January 30th
Description: Sewer odor fan test study.  The fan test will have to be rescheduled in the event of inclement weather so these dates are subject to change.  The fan testing will be located at a manhole at Balcones District Park, the nearest intersection being Waters Park Drive and Mopac Blvd. 

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. 

Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
Date of closure: October 26, 2020 - Spring of 2021
Description: Staff are managing Alpha Paving in a project that will encompass a complete resurfacing of the entire road system and will also entail the installation of concrete ribbon curbs being installed on both sides of the asphalt drive. The roads will be closed in phases as the contractor demies necessary to perform their work but the Austin Memorial Park cemetery will never be fully closed but there may be interruption to Park users.

Little Stacy Restrooms
Date of closure: August 26, 2020 - TBA
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 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 austinparks.org/train

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.

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

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

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. 
 

MUSEUMS / CULTURAL CENTERS / GALLERIES

 

RECREATION FACILITIES / SENIOR CENTERS

 

ATHLETICS AND GOLF

 

TURF MAINTENANCE