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The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will close all facilities and park amenities, including Barton Springs Pool, indefinitely as a result of the COVID-19 surge.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department will close all facilities and park amenities on Monday, including those previously reopened, such as cultural centers, pools, golf courses, tennis courts and park concessions.


City Manager Spencer Cronk announced the decision in a July 2 memo and attributed it to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations.

The department announced earlier this week that city parks would be closed Friday through this Sunday due to concerns that people will congregate over the holiday weekend, against official recommendations to stay home.

Deep Eddy and Barton Springs pools, as well as the Barton Creek and Bull Creek greenbelts, remain closed indefinitely.

Austin-Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott told council members on Monday that he recommended that the city close pools "because that is a place where people are congregating, that is a place where we see the target age group behaving in such a way which is not protected."

The target age group he mentioned is 20- to 39-year-olds, who accounted for more than half of the new COVID-19 cases reported in Travis County last week.

More than half of the new COVID-19 cases confirmed last week were among people age 20-39. (Austin Public Health)

Travis County surpassed 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases earlier this week.

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