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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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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
Waterloo Greenway, Good Vibrations Installation


🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway