Parks and Recreation Closures Information

ACL Zilker Park Access Map


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

  • Austin Nature & Science Center (closed September 30 to October 15 for Austin City Limits Festival and maintenance week)
  • 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:  
    • 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
    • Bailey
    • Bartholomew 
    • Chestnut 
    • Eastwoods 
    • Liz Carpenter 
    • Lott
    • Metz
    • Pease
    • Ricky Guerrero
    • Rosewood 
    • Lott
  • 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:

  • Some Splash Pads 
  • Girl Scout Cabin indoor space 
  • Sunshine Camp indoor space 
  • Zilker Caretaker House
  • Park amenities including, but not limited to: athletic fields, and pavilions.


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


Zilker Park Great Lawn
Date of closure: 9/20 – 10/17/2021
Description: For ACL fest followed by a week of fall park grounds maintenance on the lawn. Interactive map with details:

Light Standards at Colony Loop Drive
Date of closure: 8/23/2021 - 9/17/2021
Description:  The Public Works Neighborhood Partnering Program (NPP)will be installing light standards along the long snake like path that begins at Colony Loop Drive, crosses creek and connects to the new park site.  NPP will be installing pedestrian lights to light the path from Colony Loop Drive up to the park trail. The work will involve auguring (digging deep holes) for the light fixtures and for the electrical pull boxes. This work is anticipated to begin August 23, 2021. In addition to the auguring, work will also include boring for the electrical conduit. This will begin on Wed. August 25, 2021. At this time the light fixtures installation will begin the week of Sept. 6, 2021.

Basketball Court at Circle C Metropolitan Park
Date of closure: 8/23/2021 - 9/17/2021
Description: Closed for resurfacing and striping.
This project includes the addition of four square striping.

Austin High Tennis Court
Date of closure: 7/29/2021 - Mid September 2021
Description: Courts are closed for repairs and resurfacing. 

Longhorn Dam Project
Description: Longhorn Dam Multimodal Improvements  See more information.

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
  • Govalle Neighborhood Park Restroom

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

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.



Date of closure: September 23, 2021
Description: Maintenance

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

Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail Detour on Longhorn Dam - Starting June 29, 2021

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


MFB Clarksville Playground is closed until mid August 2021.
Description:  Replacing the playground and restriping the Pickle Ball Court. 

Reed Playground
Date of closure:  July 20 until September 1, 2021
Description:  Closed for a playground replacement.