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Austin Parks To Close For Easter Weekend

All City of Austin parks and trails will close during Easter weekend to prevent the spread of COVID-19, starting at sunset, Thursday, April 9

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Lady Bird Lake with the downtown Austin skyline in the background, as seen from Zilker Park
Lady Bird Lake with the downtown Austin skyline in the background, as seen from Zilker Park. Photo credit: rwelborn / Pixabay

All City of Austin parks and trails will close during the Easter weekend to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The closure goes into effect at sunset, THURSDAY, APRIL 9 and goes through sunrise, MONDAY, APRIL 13.

This closure includes all city parks, trails, greenbelts and preserves — which includes the Roy and Ann Butler Hike and Bike Trail. Residents can view the Parks and Recreation Department’s (PARD) parkviewer app – if the greenspace is listed, it is closed for the holiday weekend.

Signage, gate closure and regular patrols will remind the community of the park closures. Park Rangers will continue to educate and push for compliance by the public.

The City of Austin and the Parks and Recreation Department is implementing this change to ensure the safety of the community.

PARD historically sees an increase in visitors during the Easter holiday. However, crowding in parks makes it challenging for visitors to comply with the physical distancing requirements issued with the Stay Home-Work Safe Order.

Park green space and trails will reopen at sunrise, MONDAY, APRIL 13 .

PARD previously closed:

  • All Recreation Centers
  • All Cultural Centers
  • All Museums
  • All Senior Centers
  • All Aquatic Facilities
  • Barking Springs/Spillway below Barton Springs Pool
  • All Golf Courses. Golf walking is not allowed as of April 6.
  • All Tennis Centers
  • All Playgrounds
  • Zilker Botanical Garden
  • Zilker Caretaker House
  • Old Bakery & Emporium
  • All Special Event facilities
  • Emma Long Metropolitan Park Campsites
  • Park amenities including, but not limited to: basketball courts, tennis courts, skate parks, playgrounds, disc golf courses, exercise equipment and pavilions.

For more information on park closures, visit www.austintexas.gov/parkclosures.

For Travis County park closures check here.

For more Austin-Travis County updates, visit www.AustinTexas.gov/COVID19.

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