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Can't find parking at the park? Austin launches weekend shuttle to Zilker

Eric Webb
Austin American-Statesman

You've been thinking it. We've been thinking it. Say it with us: There are too many people out and about these days. As Austin's growth explodes, little things like finding a parking spot for a weekend outing to Zilker Park might involve more hassle.

Austin's Parks and Recreation Department has announced a new shuttle service to the city's central park, starting on June 25. The two free shuttles will only run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday each week. Rides will leave from One Texas Center (505 Barton Springs Road) every 20 minutes.

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This is a pilot program, the city noted in a news release, and it's set to end on Sept. 5, which is Labor Day. The shuttle service also will be available during the Fourth of July holiday.

Don't want to search for parking at Zilker Park? The city is launching a weekend shuttle service.

If you want to hitch a ride to Zilker, park in the One Texas Center parking garage. Tickets will be validated on the shuttle; if you don't get it validated, you'll have to pay the $10 garage fee.

Good timing, too: Barton Springs Pool, which recently resumed normal operating hours, can be a pain to park near on a triple-digit Austin weekend.