Waterloo Park
Reopening August 14

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Waterloo Park is waiting for you!

On August 14, you’ll be able to get lost exploring 11 acres of revitalized greenspace, 1.5 miles of trails, stunning Hill Country Gardens, the Moody Amphitheater, and so much more. Waterloo Park will soon become a natural haven where Austinites and visitors alike can enjoy the outdoors, gather with friends, and build community.


AUSTIN, TEXAS — August 4, 2021 — Waterloo Greenway Conservancy today announced the full programming lineup for the highly anticipated grand reopening of Waterloo Park and debut of the world-class Moody Amphitheater. In partnership with the City of Austin, the Conservancy will commemorate August 14th with CommUNITY Day — a free, family-friendly festival with dozens of activations and live multi-cultural performances, all in the reimagined 11-acre downtown park.

CommUNITY Day will kick off at 10:00 a.m. with a Land Acknowledgment and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Moody Amphitheater to celebrate the official reopening of Waterloo Park.

The program will include a proclamation from the City of Austin, as well as remarks from the following speakers: 

  • Kathy Miller, Waterloo Greenway Interim CEO 
  • U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett
  • Mayor Steve Adler 
  • Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
  • Council Member Kathie Tovo
  • Cotter Cunningham, Waterloo Greenway Board Chair 
  • Ross Moody, Moody Foundation Trustee
  • Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, Huston-Tillotson University President and CEO

Following Waterloo Park’s Ribbon Cutting, daytime programming will take over the Moody Amphitheater stage featuring exciting local music and dance performances, with family-friendly activities throughout the park. Tables from 20 community partners, including Art From The Streets, Austin Rowing Club, Frida Friday ATX, and Texas Parks and Wildlife, will be scattered throughout the park. Family activities will include a scavenger hunt starting at Meredith Heritage Tree Deck, hosted by UT College of Natural Sciences. Guests will also enjoy delicious food options from local favorites, like Stubb’s Austin, Flyrite Chicken, Burro Cheese Kitchen, and Taco Baby.

Daytime programming will include dynamic live performances and activations from the following Austin-based groups:

  • Huston-Tillotson University President’s Jazz Ensemble
  • Ballet Folklorico de Austin
  • Elsewhere Dance Collective
  • Mariachi Las Coronelas 
  • Think Bilingual Story Time 
  • Birds of Prey Flight Showcase
  • Tiarra Girls 
  • SaulPaul

In the evening, Waterloo Park will transform into the “Taste of Austin” Concert Showcase, featuring a diverse lineup of nearly a dozen headline performances to light up Moody Amphitheater. With award-winning local artists in genres like soul, Latin pop, drag, electronic, and hip hop, there will be something for all park goers to continue the celebration into the night.  

“Taste of Austin” Concert at Moody Amphitheater (7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.):

  • DJ Zetroc
  • Big Wy’s Brass Band
  • Gina Chavez 
  • Cynthia Lee Fontaine
  • Stephanie Bergara 
  • Mélat
  • Bavu Blakes
  • Rapid Ric
  • Tameca Jones
  • Riders Against the Storm

“We are thrilled to be part of the opening day festivities at Waterloo Park,” said Stephanie Bergara. “After a difficult year for the music industry, it’s so exciting not only to be back on stage, but to be one of the first artists to perform at the brand new Moody Amphitheater. We can’t wait to see our fans and the entire Austin community on August 14.” 

Waterloo Park guests can find parking at the nearby Capitol Visitors Parking garage located at 1201 San Jacinto Blvd. and State Garage F. Downtown visitors should also be aware of the PRIDE Parade on August 14 and related street closures from 1:00 p.m.-midnight on San Jacinto, East 13th and East 14th Streets.

CommUNITY Day is made possible by Waterloo Greenway’s generous sponsors. Visitors can learn more about the Conservancy’s membership drive at the PNC Bank Lounge, and adult guests can cool off with a beverage from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Miller Lite and Truly Hard Seltzer. 

As Waterloo Park and Moody Amphitheater open, Waterloo Greenway Conservancy and its partners will follow all local, state and CDC COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Per City of Austin and CDC recommendations, all guests are encouraged to wear facemasks at Waterloo Park CommUnity Day celebrations.

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Working with the City

Waterloo Greenway has been working in close partnership with the City of Austin to ensure a fun, safe reopening of Waterloo Park this summer.

As Waterloo Park and Moody Amphitheater open, Waterloo Greenway Conservancy and its partners will follow all local, state and CDC COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Per City of Austin and CDC recommendations, all guests are encouraged to wear facemasks at Waterloo Park.

General Information

Waterloo Park is located at 500 E 12th Street, Austin, TX 78701.

Park Hours: 5:00 AM – 10:00 PM, including the Moody Amphitheater. Hours are subject to change on event days.

Parking

Paid parking is available in the surrounding area and at the Texas Facilities Parking Garages located between 12th St. and 17th St. along San Jacinto Blvd. and Trinity St. Access garages from 15th street to avoid traffic in the south Red River Area.

Additionally, you can use the Trip Planner at capmetro.org/plan for public transit options.

Personal bike parking is available at 15th St. & Red River St. and along Trinity St. between 12th St. & 15th St.

Waterloo Park Rules

Park Rules Prohibit

  • Littering
  • Glass containers
  • Alcohol consumption outside of designated areas
  • Smoking, vaping, or illegal drug use
  • Off-leash pets
  • Skateboarding, scooters, or motorized vehicles
  • Climbing on buildings and railings
  • Entering Waller Creek or feeding wildlife
  • Entering garden beds or disturbing flowers and plants
  • Obstructing entrances, sidewalks, and trails
  • Performances or amplified sound, except by permit
  • Commercial activity including photography, except by permit
  • Camping prohibited, except by permit

All visitors are subject to City of Austin and Parks & Recreation regulations and ordinances.

To reserve a space, visit waterloogreenway.org/rentals.

Waterloo Park Accessibility

Waterloo Park was designed and built with people of all abilities in mind. It is our top priority to provide equitable access to guests with disabilities at Waterloo Park, and future park spaces along Waterloo Greenway. Upon opening, Waterloo Park will be in compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

If you have a question about ADA accessibility at Waterloo Park, please contact us at info@waterloogreenway.org.

ADA Entrance

There are multiple ADA Entrances along the perimeter of Waterloo Park.

ADA Parking

State parking garages have ADA parking spaces available first-come first-served on event nights.  Convenient venue access is provided immediately east across the street from the garages to the designated ADA entrance.

If you are receiving a Cap Metro Special Transit ride, please instruct the driver to drop you off at 1401 North Trinity street.  Expects delays at the end of night during public egress and traffic from the venue.

Capital Metro bus stops located near the venue include:

  • Stop ID 593: at Lavaca/15th St.
  • Stop ID 864:  at Trinity/12th St.
  • Stop ID 919:  at San Jacinto/14th St.
  • Stop ID 6382:  at Red River/11th St.

Interpreter Requests

If you will need an interpreter for an event at Moody Amphitheater, please give us at least 2 weeks notice to secure. Guests that request an interpreter will need to pick up their tickets at will call. When the tickets are picked up we will introduce you to your interpreter for the evening and take you to your seats. There is no charge for interpreter services. Please email info@waterloogreenway.org to arrange for an interpreter for your visit.

ADA Restrooms

ADA stalls are located in each restroom at Waterloo Park.

Waterloo Park Opening Season Partners

Interested in learning about partnership opportunities?

Get in touch with our Sponsorship Manager Casie Latimer at clatimer@waterloogreenway.org.