AUSTIN, Texas - Large crowds at several Austin parks have led to operational protocol changes for visitors. Day passes will now be required at some parks during certain days of the week.
Austin Parks and Recreation says it has noticed a major increase in visitors and park usage over the past two weeks so starting today (5/14) you'll need to make a reservation online or over the phone if you plan to visit several parks Thursdays through Sundays. A limited number of days passes will be made available.
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The parks include Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park, and Commons Ford Ranch.
Regular entry fees still apply for Emma Long and Walter E. Long Metropolitan Parks and Commons Ford Ranch will remain free to the public.
Officials say the day pass requirement is being done in an effort to keep crowds from forming while still adhering to specific reopening guidelines.
Golf courses, tennis courts, skeet shooting, and boating concessions are allowed to operate as long as they comply with the state reopening of services order.
Park rangers will continue to patrol areas where large crowds of visitors frequent.
Officials ask that everyone continue to practice proper social distancing.
Day passes are not required for these parks Mondays through Wednesdays.
To make an online reservation and to get more information you can to the Austin Parks and Recreation website.
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