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

February 23, 2021

City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) continues to assess winter storm damage at its facilities and schedule needed repairs. City golf courses, cemeteries, the South Austin Tennis Center and the Austin Tennis Center will reopen under their previous COVID-19 operational guidelines. Additional PARD facilities allowed to operate under the current City of Austin COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines will reopen as resources/repairs and staffing allows. Additional operations will be announced as they come online. 

February 12, 2021 

Golf courses, year-round pools, tennis centers, and Zilker Botanical Garden will be closed until freezing temperatures subside. 

PARD cemetery gates may have delayed openings. If scheduled committal services, interments, or gate openings are not feasible due to weather conditions, a funeral home/family will be notified and asked to reschedule at no additional charge.

The Parks and Recreation Department will continue to monitor weather conditions over the next several days and will reopen facilities as conditions allow.

Please be cautious when visiting icy parks or trails. Winter conditions can pose slip, trip and falls risks, as well as accumulated ice and/or snow may bring down trees and large branches.

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 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: basketball courts, neighborhood skate parks, neighborhood volleyball courts, athletic fields 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
  • 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.

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 (will reopen on April 11, 2021)
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • Playgrounds
  • Preserves
  • Skate Parks
  • 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 Special Event facilities
  • All Splash Pad 
  • Austin Nature & Science Center
  • Girl Scout Cabin indoor space 
  • Museum and Cultural Facilities
  • Oakwood Cemetery Chapel
  • Bartholomew Pool (will reopen on April 11, 2021)
  • 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 
  • No Event Permits for use of Park usage 
  • 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

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
  • Govalle Neighborhood Park Restroom
  • Heron Creek Restroom
  • Kreig Field Restroom
  • Mountain View Park Restroom
  • Ramsey Neighborhood Park Restroom
  • Shipe Neighborhood Park Restroom
  • Vic Mathias Water Fountains
  • Vic Mathias Shores Restroom
  • 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. 

Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
Date of closure: April 18, 2021
Description: Austin Memorial Park Cemetery will be closed on Sunday, April 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for asphalt work near the entrance to the cemetery that is part of the road improvement project which began in November 2020 and will be completed this spring.

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.

Facility Maintenance

Deep Eddy Pool Annual Maintenance
Date of closure: April 11 - May 2, 2021
Description: Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Ave., will close for its annual spring cleaning. The pool will reopen on Monday, May 3 and will resume modified normal hours of operation.  News Release

TRAILS

Trails around Deep Eddy Pool
Date of closure: April 6th and April 9th, 2021
Description: During Deep Eddy Pool's annual maintenance, the entrance to the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail through Eilers Park and behind Deep Eddy pool will be blocked off.

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