Zilker Park’s 100th Anniversary Celebration Kicks Off With Free Day on April 9

–Proclamation Reading to Take Place During Zilker’s Caretaker Cottage Grand Opening at 9AM – 

In celebration of Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary, Austin Parks Foundation, along with a collaborative group of organizations that operate within the park, is excited to announce the first ever Free Day taking place on Sunday, April 9.

During this special Free Day celebration, Austinites and visitors will enjoy the park activities we know and love such as the Zilker Zephyr and Barton Springs Pool at no cost as well as several one-time-only activities, including special programming at Austin Nature and Science Center. To learn more about the free amenities and special events happening on Free Day, visitwww.zilker100.org/free.

Additionally, an interactive sculpture in honor of the centennial anniversary will debut. The sculpture, consisting of two zeros, will allow patrons of Zilker Park to pose as the number one, making for a fun photo opportunity. The sculpture will live by Rock Island at Zilker Park and will rotate around the park for special events.

Several restaurants on Barton Springs Road will take part in the special celebration by donating a percentage of the day’s sales to the Zilker 100 campaign, helping to fund future improvements in the park. Participating restaurants include JuiceLand, Sno-Beach, SquareRut Kava bar, and Juliet. Trudy’s trailer will also be participating by giving out free waters per purchase for guests to take along as they enjoy Free Day activities.

The Zilker 100 celebration will begin with a proclamation reading by Austin City Council during the Caretaker’s Cottage grand opening at 9 a.m. on Sunday, April 9, and Free Day activities will start as early as 5 a.m., when Barton Springs Pool opens, and vary throughout the day. The community is invited to celebrate this special anniversary and explore all Zilker Park has to offer by enjoying Free Day and posing with the Zilker 100 sculpture. Street teams will surprise park patrons throughout the day with Zilker 100 swag such as shirts, hats, and more.

Sunday, April 9

Zilker 100 proclamation reading by Austin City Council to take place at 9 a.m.

Hours vary for each activity

Throughout Zilker Park

Zilker 100 proclamation reading to take place at Caretaker’s Cottage

To see the full list of free amenities and special events happening on Free Day, visit www.zilker100.org/free.


Partners in the Zilker 100 Anniversary celebration include: Austin Parks Foundation, Austin Sunshine Camp, Barton Springs Conservancy, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, Hill Country Conservancy, Save Our Springs Alliance, The Trail Foundation, Trail of Lights, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy, ABC Kite Fest, and Zilker Theater Productions.