A lush oasis for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages, Waterloo Park provides 11 acres of green space in the heart of downtown Austin. After undergoing a total transformation, the revitalized park opened in August 2021 and has quickly become a top destination for outdoor activities, fitness classes, events and much more.
Keep reading to learn more about what’s coming up at Waterloo Park this summer and fall. For a full list of free community programs, visit www.WaterlooGreenway.org.
As downtown Austin’s largest park, Waterloo Park features an expansive lawn in front of the Moody Amphitheater — the ideal location for activities like yoga, pilates, HIIT, and dance. In 2021, Waterloo Greenway launched a partnership with Castle Hill Fitness to bring free, outdoor workout classes to the community. Classes will return to the park this fall during cooler temps — but in the meantime, grab your running buddy or furry friend and explore the park’s 1.5-miles of hike-and-bike trails!
With school out for the summer, Waterloo Park is the perfect place to keep the whole family active! You won’t find an ordinary playground here — all play structures on the Kitty King Powell lawn were custom-designed for nature-based activities, including a 25,000-pound stone slide that stays cool in the Texas heat.
Join Waterloo Greenway for “Wild Wednesdays” every week this July and August for science, nature and STEM programs designed to connect kids 5-14 to the natural world through hands-on exploration. On select Friday nights, catch a family-friendly movie under the stars, presented in partnership with Alamo Drafthouse and Austin Parks Foundation.
Studies show that getting outside for just 20 minutes a day positively impacts mental wellbeing and overall happiness. In the midst of bustling downtown Austin, Waterloo Park is the perfect escape to relax, meditate, read a book or simply take in the natural environment. If you’re looking to learn more about the park, join us for a free guided tour that explores the history of the area and landscape — and enjoy some brunch while you stroll. Tours are held on July 17 and 31 and begin at 10 a.m.
Photography credit to Lauren Slusher