Parks and Recreation Closures Information



Shoal Creek Hike / Bike Trail

August 7, 2020   Austin Water crews responded to a main break near the Shoal Creek Hike/Bike Trail on 24th/Lamar. The trail will be temporarily closed to pedestrians in order for crews to complete repairs. Customers in the immediate area will see a short interruption in water service as repairs are finalized.

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 Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will providing access to the following amenities:

  • Parks greenspace 
  • Trails (beginning August 8th this will include Bull Creek Greenbelt and Barton Creek Greenbelt) 
  • Outdoor Restrooms 
  • Water Fountains

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

  • All Recreation Centers 
  • Oakwood Cemetery Chapel
  • Museum and Cultural Facilities
  • Senior Centers
  • Barton Creek Greenbelt (reopen beginning August 8, 2020)
  • Bull Creek Greenbelt (reopen beginning August 8, 2020)
  • All Pools
  • All Splash Pad
  • Barton Springs Pool
  • Barton Springs Spillway
  • Deep Eddy Pool
  • Golf Courses
  • Disc Golf Courses
  • Tennis Facilities
  • Park Concessions
  • All Playgrounds
  • Zilker Caretaker House
  • Austin Nature & Science Center
  • Zilker Botanical Garden
  • Mayfield Park 
  • Preserves
  • Boat Ramps and Boat Docks
  • All Special Event facilities
  • Park amenities including, but not limited to: basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball courts, disc golf courses, skate parks, playgrounds and exercise equipment and pavilions.
  • * *St. Edward's Park is open, however, the parking lot is blocked off as part of the Bull Creek Greenbelt closure through August 8, 2020.


  • Swim lesson registration
Park Entry Day Use Passes for Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Commons Ford Metropolitan Park, Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park and Barton Creek Greenbelt.
  • Must be reserved in advanced online   
    • 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.)
  • Pay in person by COIN/CREDIT at the Emma Long and Walter E Long Metropolitan Parks pay station
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park website
  • Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park website
  • Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park website


Zilker Park Great Lawn 
Date of closure: Beginning 08/04/2020 and every Tuesday morning through the end of September the Zilker Park entrance will be closed from 6:30am until 9:30am.  
Description: This window will allow the mowing crews to mow scheduled areas with less interruptions.  The entrance will be closed with orange cones.  Entrance gates will be partially closed so runners can remain on the asphalt street.  The gates at Lou Neff and Stratford will remain unlock.  This will allow park patrons that arrive before 6:30am an exit.  

Parking will be available on the south side of Barton Springs RD.  Park patrons can use the safety cross walk to cross Barton Springs Rd.   

Bull Creek District Park Parking Lot
Date of closure: July 6 - August 7, 2020
Description: Beginning July 6, 2020, the two parking lots servicing Bull Creek District Park will be closed for approximately three weeks. The closure will help ensure the safety of all patrons while construction work is being performed in the area.  The parking lots servicing the Bull Creek Greenbelt will remain open throughout the construction period.

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Longhorn Dam Sidewalk
Date of closure: June 29 - July 12, 2020
Description: From 6/29/20-7/2/20 and 7/6/20 - 7/10/20 the sidewalk will be closed from 8am – 3:30pm , and foot traffic will be directed to the bike lane. On 7/11/20 -7/12/20 the times and traffic control are as originally planned.

Little Stacy Restroom
Date of closure: December 6, 2019 - TBD
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.

Red Bud Isle
Red Bud Isle is open as of November 22, 2019. PARD made the decision after City scientists did not find any visible signs of floating blue-green algae mats in the vicinity of Red Bud Isle. Water samples taken on November 12 showed no toxins. Dog owners who choose to allow their dogs in Lady Bird Lake should be aware that another harmful algal bloom may occur at any time in any part of the lake. The risk is highest when the weather is hot and dry for an extended period. Allowing dogs to swim in Lady Bird Lake, is done at the owners own risk. For more information, visit

Walsh Boat Landing 
Date of closure: Mid-September, 2019 - mid July 2020
Description: Walsh Boat Landing will be closed to the public beginning in mid-September. The purpose of the closure is to begin construction of improvements to the Parks & Recreation facility. The construction of the new boat dock and accessible pathways are nearing final completion.  Anticipated completion date for project is mid July 2020.  Get project information.

Zilker Zephyr Train
Date of closure: May 7, 2019 - TBA
Description: Due to part of the train track near its turnaround started to break away, the Zephyr is temporarily closed.

Eilers Neighborhood Park
Date of closure: July 24, 2018 - August 2020
Description: During the renovations, the portion of Eilers Park that contains the play equipment, picnic tables and grills will be closed. The trail entrance paths to Town Lake Trail, Deep Eddy Pool’s ADA entrance and the lower open lawn space section will remain open.  When completed, Eilers Park will boast a nature based play element, a toddler swing set, new picnic tables, a climbing play element and new vibrant landscape. Also included will be a premier Art in Public Places sculptural element that will greet visitors at the entrance to the park site.  

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.


All pools are closed until further notice.

Liz Carpenter Fountain
Date of closure:  September 16 - TBA
Description: Liz Carpenter Fountain will be closed from Sept. 16 through December 2019 for repairs and restoration. The scope of work is focused on making electrical improvements and replacing fountain spray nozzles. Liz Carpenter Fountain is expected to reopen in January 2020 with the opening of Alliance Children’s Garden. 



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
Cclosures are intermittent and updates can be found at 

Trail Closed at US 183 Crossing. Use Detour to Cross Highway.


Shipe Playground

Date of closure: June 22 - August 15, 2020
Description: Engineered Wood Fiber (EWF) conversion and ADA improvements