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PARD expands day pass system for parks

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by Tai Moses

For the past two weeks, Austin Parks and Recreation Department has been monitoring the number of people who use Emma Long, Commons Ford Ranch and Walter E. Long parks in order to promote social distancing protocols. Entry to these parks requires a day pass reservation – including on the upcoming Memorial Day holiday, Monday, May 25 – and there are a limited number of passes available for each day. Starting today, Thursday, parks department staff will be monitoring walk-in/cyclist capacity at these parks. Once capacity is reached, no additional walk-ins or bicyclists will be allowed into the parks. In coming weeks, walk-ins/cyclists will move to a day pass system similar to that now being used for vehicles at these parks. Day passes do not come with “in-and-out” privileges. “Patrons should come prepared to stay until they are ready to leave,” says a PARD news release.

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