(Waterloo Park)

Starting Monday, all of Austin is invited to watch The Moody Amphitheater come alive with lights in replacement of the annual Waterloo Greenway Creek Show but also in celebration and anticipation of Waterloo Park opening next spring.

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Austin park rangers and monitors have been assaulted on at least six different occasions since the pandemic arrived in Austin in March. On Monday, the city's Parks and Recreation department reported staff have been yelled and cursed at, pushed into Lake Austin, threatened with weapons, and punched and pushed to the ground.

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(Emma Freer)

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.

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Charlie L. Harper III

Zilker Park was nearly empty early this week. (Charlie L. Harper III)

At a time when bars, restaurants and most shops have closed, public parks are one of the few destinations still available to Austinites—at least until this weekend, when the city, the county and the state will close their parks, trails, greenbelts and preserves for the Easter holiday.

At the city level, this rule—in place from Thursday at sunset to Monday at sunrise—will be enforced with signage, gate closures and regular patrols by park rangers. At a press conference on Wednesday, Austin Mayor Steve Adler indicated that a longer-term closure may lie ahead.

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