While the majority of Austin, TX public recreation places operated by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department remain open during the recent upswing of the Delta coronavirus, some have been closed. Closures are based largely on the fact that the types of facilities make it more difficult to allow for social distancing.
According to their website, the following are closed or suspended:
- All Recreation Centers
- Some Splash Pads
- Austin Nature & Science Center
- Girl Scout Cabin indoor space
- Sunshine Camp indoor space
- Zilker Caretaker House
- Park amenities including, but not limited to: athletic fields, and pavilions.
Programs that are suspended by Austin Park's and Recreation
- All Athletic/Sports Programs and Leagues
- Volunteer Programs though out the Park System
For parks and recreation managed by Travis County, visit their website for updates. Their most recent update follows:
"August 5, 2021 – Travis County has reached stage 5 of the Austin Public Health guidelines. Open hours and access to amenities vary by park. Please refer to the specific park page for details. The level of infection in the community will be closely monitored and park access may be reduced or closed completely if levels continue to increase. This includes the potential to cancel planned events and advanced reservations."
Anyone traveling to a Travis County park should continue to follow current Travis County and CDC Guidelines.""Reservations are not required for day-use visitation (reservations are required for Hamilton Pool Preserve). If a park reaches capacity, additional visitors will not be allowed for the rest of the day and a closure notice will be added to the specific park webpage. The park will reopen again the next day, but again under capacity limits."
In particular, the preceding announcement applies to both Hamilton Pool Preserve and to Hippie Hollow. Both are popular destinations during any summer, and this one is no exception. However, due to the recent pandemic surge in Travis County, both are limiting capacity. When capacity is reached, no one else is allowed into Hippie Hollow, which does not require reservations. Hamilton Pool requires reservations 7 days a week, normally, and currently is limiting capacity. Reservations may be days, weeks, or even a month out for Hamilton Pool, so make a reservation as soon as possible. Also important to note, since Austin is normally welcoming to dogs, they are not allowed into Hamilton Pool park.
Also, please be aware that Hippie Hollow on Lake Travis is clothing optional.
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