Alcohol to be allowed in part of Waterloo Park

Austinites will be able to sell and consume alcohol in three parts of the new park. (Courtesy Waterloo Greenway Conservancy)
Austinites will be able to sell and consume alcohol in three parts of the new park. (Courtesy Waterloo Greenway Conservancy)

Austinites will be able to sell and consume alcohol in three parts of the new park. (Courtesy Waterloo Greenway Conservancy)

Austinites will be able to consume alcohol in parts of Waterloo Park, following the approval of a conditional use permit by Austin’s Planning Commission.

The vote happened on Sept. 28, the same day the parks and recreation board voted not to recommend alcohol be allowed at Barton Springs and Zilker Park.

The permit for Waterloo allows alcohol to be sold and consumed within three sections of the park: Lebermann Plaza, the food truck and deck area, and the Moody Amphitheater.

The areas will be coned off with natural landscaping and fences to demarcate where alcohol is and is not allowed.

Different outcomes


On Sept. 28, the parks and recreation board voted not to recommend a CUP for the Zliker Cafe to sell beer and wine. The majority cited concerns about safety given the proximity of Barton Springs and the Zliker train.

Their recommendation—not to approve the CUP—will go to the planning commission.

On the same night, the planning commission approved the CUP for Waterloo Park. For the approval, the planning commission had to consider feedback from the parks board, which it received in May. In that case, the parks and recreation board supported the CUP.


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