ROUNDUP: Parks closures for the Austin area

Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

See the latest news about Austin-area parks closures in this Community Impact Newspaper roundup.

Comal County closes parks and boat ramps through Easter weekend

Comal County Judge Sherman Krause announced on Wednesday, April 8, that all nine county-owned boat ramps at Canyon Lake and two county-owned parks would be closed from 5 p.m. April 9 through 5 p.m. on April 13.

Gov. Abbott closes state parks, historical sites due to coronavirus concerns

Gov. Greg Abbott announced in a press release April 7 the temporary closure of all state parks and historical sites due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The order is effective starting April 7 at 5 p.m. until Abbott's decision to lift the order.

Georgetown closes parks and trails for Easter weekend

The city of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will close all parks and trails from sunset Thursday, April 9, until sunrise Monday, April 13, to discourage gatherings of more than 10 people and to optimize physical distancing goals as a community as the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in Georgetown, a news release said.

Cedar Park closes all parks, trails during Easter weekend

All Cedar Park city parks and trails will be closed from sunset April 9 through sunrise April 13, according to an April 8 Cedar Park media release.

Lake Travis-Westlake-area parks to close Easter weekend

All Travis County parks will be temporarily closed from 8 p.m. April 9 through the holiday weekend, with a limited number of parks reopening 8 a.m. April 13 for walking, hiking and biking.

Austin mayor considering shutting down parks and trails to further social distancing measures

Austin Mayor Steve Adler said April 8 that he has growing concerns about residents gathering at the city’s parks and trails amid strict social distancing measures and said he is considering shutting them down to the public.

Williamson County closes parks and trails for Easter weekend

The Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department will be closing all county parks and trails at sunset on April 9 until sunrise April 13, according to an April 8 news release.

Pflugerville requests all homeowner associations close parks Easter weekend

Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales has submitted a letter to all city homeowner associations requesting them to close HOA parks during Easter weekend, according to an April 7 city news release. The request, dated April 5, aligns with city and county orders on park closures, running from 8 a.m. April 10 through 8 a.m. April 13.

New Braunfels’ parks to be closed Easter weekend

The city of New Braunfels announced the closure of all city parks from 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, to 8 a.m. on Monday, April 13.

Warren Brown, Andy Li, Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Taylor Girtman, Amy Rae Dadamo, Christopher Neely, Ali Linan and Kelsey Thompson contributed to this report.


Tents have become a common sight throughout Austin including along Cesar Chavez Street downtown, but with the passage of Proposition B the city may now consider moving unsheltered homeless individuals to designated sites. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Designated campsites for the homeless are back on the table

City staff had previously dismissed developing official camping locations in 2019, but new directives from City Council this week could revive the concept in Austin.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
Wag-A-Bag to operate under new ownership, name; Austin, TxDOT at odds over I-35 overhaul; and more top Central Texas news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Austin area.

The Highland Tech Center is an office complex that finished redevelopment in March. (Courtesy Aquila Commercial)
North Central Austin business news: Office complex opens in Highland, picnic meals offered in the parks and more

Mes Amis is an outdoor dining service that provides baskets with French-style cuisine for picnics. Two new fitness studios, Hive + Honey and Regymen, are also now open.

Stephanie Hayden-Howard will become an assistant city manager in Austin on May 10. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Role changes coming for health officials leading Austin-Travis County COVID-19 efforts

Dr. Desmar Walkes will take over as Austin's next medical director and local health authority as Dr. Mark Escott and Stephanie Hayden-Howard transition to new roles with the city.

Barton Springs Pool, shown here in March 2020, will require reservations for residents wishing to visit after 8 a.m. starting on May 17. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Barton Springs Pool will require reservations starting May 21

Visitors who want to visit the pool after 8 a.m. will have to make a reservation for a two-hour block of time.

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TxDOT to demolish I-35 ramp in North Austin early Saturday morning

State crews will perform controlled implosions of the northbound I-35 to northbound US 183 flyover between 6-8 a.m. in the morning on May 8 and May 15.

A pilot Austin Police Department cadet class is now set to commence in June under an updated training regimen and with additional city and community oversight on the APD academy's culture and curriculum. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council votes to restart APD cadet training in June, with framework for ongoing reviews of pilot academy

The Austin Police Department's 144th cadet class will now kick off training next month, with continued oversight of APD's instruction and culture throughout the 34-week academy process.

Holland Photo Imaging celebrates 40 years in business this year. (Courtesy Holland Photo Imaging)
The latest business news in South Central Austin

1. Holland Photo Imaging, located at 2125 Goodrich Ave., Ste. A, Austin, is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the community this year. Founded in 1981 by Pete Holland, the business has been owned by residents Brian and Morgan Morrison since 2006. Holland Photo Imaging offers film processing, printing, framing, photo restoration and archiving services. 512-442-4274.

A sign advertises a property for rent in Austin on May 6. Local eviction orders remain in place through August 1 protecting most tenants from eviction. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Local eviction moratoriums remain in effect despite federal judge’s decision

The May 5 ruling from a U.S. District Court judge striking down a federal moratorium does not affect orders in place in Austin or Travis County.

Q2 Stadium in North Austin
U.S. women’s national soccer team to debut Q2 Stadium next month

The USWNT takes on the Nigerian national team at Q2 Stadium ahead of the summer Olympic Games.