The Zilker Train
The Zilker Train

Restoring the Train at Zilker Park

Since 1961, a mini train has run in Zilker Park. The latest version, the Zilker Zephyr, went out of commission in May 2019. Like you, we were saddened by the closure announcement, and we understand the train has been an important part of Austin’s past. With your help, we can ensure it’s part of Austin’s future.

Because of our partnership with the City's Parks & Recreation Dept., and nearly 30 years of proven results, we were contacted to help find an interim solution while Zilker Park undergoes a master planning process to build a new, long-term vision for the park.

We will operate the Zilker train with proceeds benefiting Zilker Park, while the community has a chance to determine how the train fits into the new vision for the park.

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Restoring Zilker Park's Train

Since 1961, a mini train has run in Zilker Park. The latest version, the Zilker Zephyr, went out of commission in May 2019. Like you, we were saddened by the closure announcement, and we understand the train has been an important part of Austin’s past. With your help, we can ensure it’s part of Austin’s future.

Because of our partnership with the City's Parks & Recreation Dept., and nearly 30 years of proven results, we were contacted to help find an interim solution while Zilker Park undergoes a master planning process to build a new, long-term vision for the park.

We will operate the Zilker train with proceeds benefiting Zilker Park, while the community has a chance to determine how the train fits into the new vision for the park.

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Call for Artists

We're looking for artists to design a mural under the Barton Springs Road Bridge to enhance the train experience. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through April 23rd!

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Call for Artists

We're looking for artists to design a mural under the Barton Springs Road Bridge to enhance the train experience. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is open now through April 23rd!

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Support the Zilker Train!

The Zilker Train is one of the most beloved family activities in Austin. Since 1961, the train has taken children on an adventure around Zilker Park, past scenic views of Lady Bird Lake, the great lawn and the Zilker Playscape.

As we near the 60th anniversary of this gem, Austin Parks Foundation is proud to be taking the lead in restoring it to its former glory. Your gift today will help us ensure the train continues to create lasting memories for Austin families.

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The History of the Zilker Train

Want to know more about the 59-year history of Zilker Park's beloved mini train?

Check out our timeline here!
The History of the Zilker Train

Want to know more about the 59-year history of Zilker Park's beloved mini train?

Check out our timeline here!
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