Austin reopens some popular park amenities following COVID-19 closures

Shortly after two popular green belts reopened earlier this month, Austin is preparing to lift restrictions on some city park amenities.

On August 13, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department announced plans to reopen boat launches, boat docks, and other outdoor parks this weekend. As of Saturday, August 15, the following will be open to the public again with applicable health and safety protocols:

  • Boot starts

  • Boat launch

  • Tennis centers

  • Golf courses

  • Boat concessions

  • Clay shooting concessions

  • Food concessions

The facilities are operated at reduced capacity and each have COVID-19 security procedures such as cleaning logs and temperature checks. “Park guests are reminded to continue to practice social distancing, hand disinfection and wearing masks,” a press release said.

Austin is still in phase 4 of its COVID-19 risk assessment, which was announced in mid-June. After a surge in falls in early July, the city took action to close previously reopened parks and the popular Barton Creek and Bull Creek green belts.

“However, it has been determined that these Phase 4 COVID-19: Risk-Based Policies reopenings can be safely operated,” said a statement. The decision was made in collaboration with Austin Public Health and the city tour.

Many of the city’s popular amenities, such as playgrounds; Pools, including Barton Springs and Deep Eddy; and leisure centers remain closed. Hiking trails and green areas are open. A comprehensive list is available on the City of Austin website.

“The department continues to evaluate its system-wide processes on a daily basis. With decreasing risk levels, further PARD openings are taken into account,” the statement continues. “It is also possible for the department to close the facilities / facilities again if conditions deteriorate.”

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