Parks and Recreation Closures Information

UPDATES

Austin-Travis County is currently in Stage 5 of COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines. Due to the circumstances of this phase of the pandemic, there may be some delays in park maintenance and services.

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

  • Austin Nature & Science Center
  • 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 are open under modified operations 
    • Face masks are required inside the golf pro shop and in concession areas
    • Pro shops are limited to up to 4 people inside at a time
    • Starting intervals of 10 minutes between groups
    • Two golf carts per group only
    • Patrons please continue to exercise social distancing
    • No drinking water on the golf course  
    • Please bring your own water or non alcoholic-beverage to the golf course.
    • Fivesomes are not permitted
  • Mayfield Park (outdoor areas only)
  • Museum and Cultural Facilities 
  • 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:  All pools will open beginning at 10AM on Thursday, January 20 due to expected temperatures below 32 degrees as well as possible inclement weather.  This includes Swim at Your Own Risk at Barton Springs Pool.
    • Bartholomew
    • Barton Springs
    • Big Stacy
    • Deep Eddy 
    • Springwoods
  • Preserves
  • Recreation Centers are open at the regular operating hours for limited programming
  • 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
  • Sunshine Camp (outdoor space at 25% capacity and modified operations-  no events any size) 
  • Susanna Dickinson Museum will temporarily operate via appointment/registration.   The personnel operating this museum have decreased in the recent week.  Additionally, the size of the museum makes it difficult to practice social distancing.  Therefore, by operating via appointment/registration, small groups of folks will be able to enjoy the space, learn from the limited staff available to provide interpretive programming and recommended health and safety protocols will be able to be implemented.  It is important to note, there is a very limited outdoor experience option at this site. 
  • 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:

  • Girl Scout Cabin indoor space 
  • Sunshine Camp indoor space 
  • Zilker Caretaker House

 

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

Rosewood Neighborhood Park Tennis Court
Date of closure: 10/18/2021 – 3/31/2022
Description: The tennis court and adjacent parking spaces will be closed from October 18, 2021 through March 31, 2022 for repairs. Dolores Duffie Recreation Center and parking area plus other facilities remain open as scheduled. 

Restroom Closures 

Date of closure: October 26, 2021 - TBA
Description: Maintenance

  • Johnson Creek Restroom

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

  • Bartholomew District Park Restroom
  • Govalle Neighborhood Park Restroom

Date of closure:  October 4, 2021
Description:  Due to the recent vandalism, we have made a decision to shut down all restrooms at this location.  Port a cans will be delivered and placed on site.  

  • Onion Creek Metropolitan Park
  • Yarrabee Bend

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 - Summer 2024
Description: The pedestrian bridge is closed due to flood damage until further notice.  

 

POOLS

On January 20th, there will be no morning swim at your own risk at Barton Springs Pool.  Deep Eddy and Stacy Pool will open at 10 am.

TRAILS

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park
For the safety of park visitors, the Pool Lot Trail in Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park is closed along the limits of construction for the Northern Walnut Creek Trail Section 2A project. The closure will remain in place through late Spring 2022.

Trails that intersect the limits of construction will remain open, but park visitors using these trails will not be able to cross construction areas. One trail cut-through near Walnut Creek, shown on the map, will allow visitors to cross the limits of construction on weekends and after the contractor is done working on weekdays (typically at 5 p.m.)

Map of closed trail at Walnut Creek Metro Park

 

Shoal Creek Trail (24th to 29th of Lamar)
Date of closure: closed indefinitely
Description: Damaged by landslide.  Austin Parks and Recreation Department is working with Public Works and the Austin Transportation Department to plan, design and implement improvements to the trail detour route east of the creek.

Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park and Walnut Creek Greenbelt
Date of closure: Intermittent beginning October 25, 2021 through November 2022
Description:  The Pool Lot Trail in the Metropolitan Park and the nature trail in the greenbelt east of Lamar to Oakbrook Ct. will be closed for clearing and then installation of a 1.3 mile, 12 foot wide urban trail extension of the Walnut Creek Regional trail system.

Trail Access Closed at Willow Street
Date of closure: September, 2021 - 2026
Description: Trail access at Willow St is temporarily closed due to construction. See map for the nearest trail access point. The trail access will be closed throughout construction of 98 Red River for an approximate duration of 64 months.
Trail Access closed at Willow Street

FACILITIES

O. Henry Museum is closed for renovations.

PLAYGROUND

Reed Playground
Date of closure:  July 20 - TBA
Description:  Closed for a playground replacement.

Austin High Tennis Courts is still under construction for resurfacing.

Alderbrook Pocket Park is under construction- Installing a playground.

 

ATHLETICS AND GOLF

 

TURF MAINTENANCE