AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is adjusting park protocols at all parks within the bounds of MoPac, Barton Springs Road., Interstate Highway 35, and 15th Street in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Austin.
PARD will decrease parking for downtown parks, district parks, and neighborhood parks and will turn the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake to a one-way trail to encourage social distancing.
The adjustments are in effect immediately and will be completed by April 17. Signage, gate closure, barricades, and regular patrols will remain to remind the community of the parking closures.
As of Tuesday afternoon, people were still able to travel both ways on the downtown Austin trail. A PARD spokesperson told KXAN that most of the changes will happen through Tuesday and Wednesday.
The spokesperson also said there will be signs installed to let trail users know which direction to travel.
People should travel in a clockwise direction around Lady Bird Lake. South of Lady Bird Lake, people should travel from east to west. North of Lady Bird Lake, people should travel from west to east, according to PARD.
Accommodations will be made to support individuals with mobility impairments for access and use of the parks and trails, according to PARD. To see if your park will be adjusted, check the PARD Parkviewer app.
Aside from the new announcements, these Austin Parks facilities remain 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.