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Delta COVID surge halts long-awaited opening festivities of Waterloo Park

Waterloo Greenway's Waterloo Park will still open this weekend without planned festivities. (Waterloo Greenway/Twitter)

Waterloo Greenway is the latest venue to announce a postponement, following suit in the 2021 edition of COVID-fueled cancellations.

The new urban parks system that was to debut Waterloo Park this weekend announced Thursday morning that it made the "difficult but necessary" decision to postpone opening day celebrations. The day's festivities had been announced in May, but as COVID cases surge this month, it follows other events like Austin Pride in postponing.

"We truly believe this is in the best interest of all staff, volunteers, artists, partners and countless community members who have helped bring this park to life," the park spokespeople said on Twitter.

There is a silver lining: the park will still open to the public, sans festivities, this Saturday at 10 a.m.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, land dedication, daytime programming and nighttime concert showcase, all part of CommUNITY Day festivities, will be moved to a later date. Waterloo Park, located by East 15th, Red River, East 12th and Trinity streets, had already had multiple events planned in September as well, which will now be in question.

The announcement comes after the park had already seen delays in opening. The park broke ground in 2017 and was set to open in the spring of this year before it was pushed back until the end of summer.

In the interim, Waterloo Greenway is following local, state and CDC health guidance and said it encourages guests to do the same while visiting.

"The opening of this park comes at a critical time for the community, and access to outdoor space has never been more important for physical, mental and emotional health," park organizers said in an email. "The reopening of Waterloo Park marks a momentous occasion for the community, with 11 acres of revitalized green space for all Austinites to explore and connect with nature, in the heart of downtown."


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