The City of Austin and Waterloo Greenway Conservancy have partnered together to revitalize Waterloo Park.

According to a press release from Waterloo Greenway, the the highly-anticipated Waterloo Park and Moody Amphitheater will open to the public in August 2021.

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The original plan was to open this Spring, but with a project this massive and COVID-19 still hanging around, things had to be pushed back.

“Waterloo Park is one way the City and partners are supporting the collective expression of Austin’s diverse and creative spirit,” said Mayor Steve Adler. “The reopening of this space will provide the community reimagined play spaces, relaxing leisure areas, and build upon Austin’s offerings of some of the greatest outdoor live events in the nation. Waterloo Park will serve as a symbol of inclusivity and resilience through nature, history, community, culture and the arts.”

The opening of the park will feature tons of free and low-cost activities for the whole community to enjoy.

A small sampling of Opening Season events includes the following:

• September – November // Lebermann Plaza Concert Series: Monthly intimate performances where park goers can enjoy free live music at the 200-seat-capacity outdoor theater;

• October // Día de Los Muertos Festival: A Day of the Dead festival featuring free live performances and music, community altar where visitors are invited to place images of their departed loved ones, and hands-on art activities;

• October // Asleep at the Wheel Reunion: Featuring the Grammy-award winning band with Austin roots, Asleep at the Wheel will unite for a 50th Anniversary performance at Waterloo Park, featuring low-cost tickets;

• November // Creek Show 2021: Waterloo Greenway’s free seventh-annual light-based art installation show featuring local artists, taking place at Waterloo Park for the very first time;

• December // Holiday Cinema: Two-night cinema event featuring free holiday-themed family-friendly films with fun activities for all ages.

“The reopening of Waterloo Park represents a bridge between Austin’s past, present and future,” said Kathy Miller, Interim CEO of Waterloo Greenway. “We’re honoring the culture of the area, while building a place that is a vital part of what Austin will become. Visitors to the park will see historical details like the park’s original retaining walls in the Hill Country Gardens, scribed with hand-written notes that date back to the 1970s. The preservation of heritage live oak trees throughout the park is a nod to its history, and we look forward to launching new community programming to ensure all feel welcome in this inclusive and equitable space.”

In addition to free and low-cost events at Waterloo Park, Waterloo Greenway’s partner C3 Presents and Live Nation will launch its concert series at Moody Amphitheater with announcements in the coming weeks. This partnership allows top local, national and international touring acts to fill the 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheater.

Through a unique arrangement exclusive to Waterloo Park, Waterloo Greenway and Live Nation/C3 will offer 100 free tickets to every concert, made available through a lottery. Lottery sign-up details will be released later in the summer to ensure everyone in our community has access to experience shows at Moody Amphitheater year-round.

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