Parks and Recreation Closures Information


Starting as early as June 1st Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will re-establish access to the following outdoor park amenities:

  • Multi-directional travel on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail 

  • Barton Springs Spillway 

  • Disc golf, neighborhood tennis courts, outdoor volleyball courts and outdoor basketball courts 

  • Park Pavilions for self-directed use – no rentals 

  • Modified access to Zilker Botanical Garden and Mayfield park outdoor spaces with reduced capacity and social distancing monitoring 

  • Select swimming pools with modified summer schedules and entry requirements, reduced capacity, no use of locker rooms or showers, and specific cleaning protocols

For further details about PARD Summer Reopening Plan, please see the following Modified City Operations memo beginning on page 27. 

Park Entry Day Use Passes for Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Commons Ford Metropolitan Park and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park 
  • March – September
  • Monday - Wednesday:   For Emma Long and Walter E Long Metropolitan Parks, pay in person at pay station (coin/credit only).  Day entry passes is not required at Commons Ford Ranch Monday - Wednesday. 
  • Thursday – Sunday:       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.
    • Passes also required Memorial & Labor Day Mondays, and 4th of July.
    • 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.)
  • January - February, and October – December
  • 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

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

  • All Recreation Centers 
  • All Cultural Centers 
  • All Museums
  • All Senior Centers
  • Some Aquatic Facilities (pools and splashpads)
  • Golf operations are modified - more details
  • All Playgrounds
  • Zilker Caretaker House
  • Old Bakery & Emporium
  • All Special Event facilities
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park Campsites
  • Park amenities including, but not limited to: skate parks, playgrounds and exercise equipment.


  • Swim lesson registration



Butler Shores at Town Lake Playground Area
Date of closure: January 27-31, 2020
The playground area at Butler Shores at Town Lake will be closed for a safety surface conversion. Staff will be removing the pea gravel from the site and adding an engineered wood fiber safety surface. 

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 - January 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 - early Summer 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. 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.

Heron Creek Restroom
Date of closure: January 9, 2019 - TBA
Description: Down due to main line being clogged.

Eilers Neighborhood Park
Date of closure: July 24, 2018 - Spring 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.

POOLS / SPLASH PAD ( All City of Austin Pools are still closed )

Liz Carpenter Fountain
Date of closure:  September 16 - mid March, 2020
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
Date of closure: January 13, 2020 - late March 2020
Starting January 13, 2020,* Walnut Creek Trail will close where it crosses under US 183, south of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. It will be closed for approximately two weeks, but will be open on weekends. Please check back for updates. Pedestrians and bicyclists should use the new shared-use path and sidewalk along northbound and southbound US 183 and the pedestrian crossing at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to access the opposite side of the highway.
*Dates are subject to change based on weather and other circumstances.

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


Bailey Playground

Adams Hemphill 




Montopolis Recreation Center
Date of closure: August 17, 2019 - Summer 2020
Description: Montopolis Recreation Center will shut down the existing building to the public on Saturday, August 17, 2019, at 4PM.  The center will continue its out of school time programming at Allison Elementary.  Other programs such as Seniors, Karate, and Small Wonders will be held at the Ruiz Library until the new center opens late Summer of 2020.

George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center
Date of closure: July 9, 2018 - TBA
Description: George Morales Dove Springs Recreation Center will be closed for renovations beginning July 9, 2018 -  estimated closure time 18 months.