Read the social distancing guide in public parks.

This page will provide timely updates about Travis County Parks response activities and links to specific information about parks that may be involved. Travis County Parks follows guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health authorities, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and coordinates closely with City of Austin and Travis County Emergency Management agencies.

Latest Travis County Parks Update

May 22, 2020 - Travis County Parks continues to operate its parks with day-use only access in order to provide options for visitors to recreate in open space and trails. We invite public participation in passive recreational activities, such as walking, hiking, and access to the lakes and rivers, while encouraging park users to observe appropriate social distancing. Additional parks and amenities are open on a limited basis, including most of the park system’s boat ramps.

For the safety of visitors and park staff, and in accordance with State and CDC guidelines, Travis County Parks recommends that visitors use face coverings and bring their own hand sanitizer. Limited restroom facilities will be available. In addition, no groups larger than five (5) people are allowed (except for families or people living in the same household) and the total number of park visitors at specific parks may be limited.

Continued operation of the parks in this capacity will be determined by the ability to have access to necessary personal protective equipment for staff, adequate staff to manage/maintain the parks, and visitor compliance with park rules.

Day use fees will be charged at fee-based parks (cash only), and limited public restrooms will be available at most parks.

Anyone traveling to a Travis County park should continue to follow the current Travis County Order, follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) public health recommendations, and adhere to strict social distancing and cleanliness standards while in public spaces.

The following Travis County Parks will be open for day use from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Check the individual park pages for specific information related to each park.

  • Reimers Ranch Park
  • Pace Bend Park (Collier boat ramp only)
  • Loop 360 Park (boat ramp open)
  • Mansfield Dam Park (boat ramp only, no day-use activities)
  • Arkansas Bend Park (boat ramp open)
  • Cypress Creek Park (boat ramp open)
  • Mary Quinlan Park (boat ramp open)
  • Webberville Park (boat ramp open)
  • Little Webberville Park (boat ramp open)
  • Richard Moya Park (trails only)
  • Northeast Metro Park (trails only)
  • Southeast Metro Park (trails, fishing)
  • East Metro Park (trails, fishing)
  • Allen Park (trails only)
  • Windmill Run Park (trails only)

Amenities in these parks remain closed or not operational:

  • Athletic fields, swimming pool, skate park, BMX track
  • Camping
  • Commercial use of boat ramps
  • Park playscapes
  • Pavilions / group shelters
  • Water fountains

The following Travis County Parks locations remain CLOSED:

  • Hamilton Pool Preserve
  • Bob Wentz Park
  • Del Valle Softball Fields
  • Hippie Hollow Park
  • Sandy Creek Park
  • Barkley Meadows Park
  • Fritz Hughes Park
  • Tom Hughes Park
  • Selma Hughes Park
  • Ben E. Fisher Park

Previous Travis County Parks Updates

Travis County Parks is following the Travis County COVID-19 Order by permitting access only to open space and trails for passive recreational activities, such as walking and hiking. This action allows users to observe the mandated 6 foot safety rule.

Visitors planning to come to a Travis County park are encouraged to bring with them all necessary provisions, such as hand sanitizer and face masks.

Anyone traveling to a Travis County park should continue to follow the current Travis County Order, follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) public health recommendations, and adhere to strict social distancing and cleanliness standards while in public spaces.

Operational changes still in effect at Travis County parks include the suspension of all transactions and the closure of all restrooms, group-use facilities, athletic fields and other enclosed spaces where people congregate. See below for a complete list of current closures and limits.

Also, when you come out to enjoy your parks, please remember to “Pack It In, Pack It Out”!

Effective Friday, May 8, 2020, the following Travis County Parks will be open for day use from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for walking, hiking, biking and other permitted activities. (Please see individual park pages for more information.) Park use will continue to be monitored and any updates will be communicated here.

  • Reimers Ranch Park (beach access – pedestrian only)
  • Pace Bend Park (boat ramps closed)
  • Arkansas Bend Park (boat ramps closed)
  • Richard Moya Park (west end entry and multi-use parking lot)
  • Northeast Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
  • Southeast Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
  • East Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
  • Webberville Park (boat ramp closed; only trails are open; limited parking)

Note:

  • Park playscapes and restrooms remain closed.
  • Water fountains will not be operational.

The following Travis County parks will be closed to the public until further notice:

  • Hamilton Pool Preserve
  • Mansfield Dam Park
  • Allen Park
  • Bob Wentz Park
  • Hippie Hollow Park
  • Loop 360 Park
  • Cypress Creek Park
  • Sandy Creek Park
  • Tom Hughes Park
  • Mary Quinlan Park
  • Barkley Meadows Park
  • Del Valle Softball Fields
  • Little Webberville Park
  • Fritz Hughes Park
  • Selma Hughes Park
  • Ben E. Fisher Park
  • Windmill Run Park

We understand the desire for outdoor recreation and hope to ease COVID-19 restrictions and closures soon.

The Travis County Judge’s current Order is set to expire on May 8, 2020. We anticipate that a new Order will be issued, but do not know at this time what restrictions and closures the Order may ease or lift. Please check back here for updates.

Visitors planning to come to a Travis County park are encouraged to bring with them all necessary provisions, such as hand sanitizer and face masks, in order to help local businesses have enough goods to properly serve their customers during this time.

Anyone traveling to a Travis County park should continue to follow the current Travis County Order, follow the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) public health recommendations, and adhere to strict social distancing and cleanliness standards while in public spaces.

Operational changes still in effect at Travis County parks include the suspension of all transactions and the closure of all restrooms, group-use facilities, athletic fields and other enclosed spaces where people congregate. See below for a complete list of current closures and limits.

Also, when you come out to enjoy your parks, please remember to “Pack It In, Pack It Out”!

Travis County Parks is following the Travis County COVID-19 Order by permitting access only to open space and trails for passive recreational activities, such as walking and hiking. This action allows users to observe the mandated 6 foot safety rule.

Effective Monday, April 13, 2020, the following Travis County Parks will be open for day use from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for walking, hiking, biking and other permitted activities. (Please see individual park pages for more information.)

  • Reimers Ranch Park (beach access – pedestrian only)
  • Pace Bend Park (boat ramps closed)
  • Arkansas Bend Park (boat ramps closed)
  • Richard Moya Park (west end entry and multi-use parking lot)
  • Northeast Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
  • Southeast Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
  • East Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
  • Webberville Park (boat ramp closed; only trails are open; limited parking)

Note:

  • Park playscapes and restrooms remain closed.
  • Water fountains will not be operational.

    The following Travis County parks will be closed to the public until further notice:

  • Hamilton Pool Preserve
  • Mansfield Dam Park
  • Allen Park
  • Bob Wentz Park
  • Hippie Hollow Park
  • Loop 360 Park
  • Cypress Creek Park
  • Sandy Creek Park
  • Tom Hughes Park
  • Mary Quinlan Park
  • Barkley Meadows Park
  • Del Valle Softball Fields
  • Little Webberville Park
  • Fritz Hughes Park
  • Selma Hughes Park
  • Ben E. Fisher Park
  • Windmill Run Park

Easter celebrations are historically a time for families to come together in outdoor parks facilities. However, due to concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, ALL Travis County parks are closed from Thursday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m., through the Easter weekend. Some parks may reopen again for limited activities such as, walking, hiking and biking activities on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Effective Friday, March 27, 2020, the following Travis County parks will be open for day use from 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. for walking, hiking, biking and other permitted activities (Please see individual park pages for more info):

  • Reimers Ranch Park (beach access closed)
  • Pace Bend Park (boat ramps closed)
  • Mansfield Dam Park (boat ramp closed; limited parking available)
  • Arkansas Bend Park (boat ramps closed)
  • Richard Moya Park (west end entry and multi-use parking lot)
  • Northeast Metro Park (only trails are open; limited parking)
  • Southeast Metro Park (only trails are open)
  • East Metro Park (only trails are open)
  • Webberville Park (boat ramp closed)

Note:

  • All park playground/playscapes are closed.
  • All park restrooms are closed.
  • Water fountains are turned off, bring adequate water.

The following Travis County parks will be closed to the public until further notice:

  • Hamilton Pool Preserve (currently closed)
  • Allen Park
  • Bob Wentz Park
  • Hippie Hollow Park
  • Loop 360 Park
  • Cypress Creek Park
  • Sandy Creek Park
  • Tom Hughes Park
  • Mary Quinlan Park
  • Barkley Meadows Park
  • Del Valle Softball Fields
  • Little Webberville Park
  • Fritz Hughes Park
  • Selma Hughes Park
  • Ben E. Fisher Park
  • Windmill Run Park

Recognizing the urgency and need to maintain social distancing, the only remaining use of Travis County Parks will be park grass areas and trails that allow users to observing the 6 feet safe distance rule. We are strongly encouraging people to stay home but understand that parks may be the only greenspace near neighborhoods. Park Police will be monitoring parks and trail usage to ensure compliance of the 6 feet safe distance requirement.

When in our parks, practice social distancing and safe practices recommended by health authorities. Reservation and safety updates are listed below. In an effort to slow the transmission of COVID-19, and due to substantial risks to the public and park staff, and based on Austin Public Health and Travis County Emergency Management recommendations, all Travis County Parks reservations are canceled along with some parks and areas within the parks. Most park restrooms are closed. The cancelation and closure includes all athletic fields, BMX racetrack, shelters, pavilions, campsites, and organized events. We have also suspended the rescheduling process at this time. Please check the individual park pages for specific information regarding the current operation of the park. We sincerely appreciate your cooperation and understanding.

In order to protect the health and safety of the public and our employees, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Hamilton Pool Preserve is closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. Refunds will be honored as well as rescheduling visits once Travis County deems it safe to do so.