2014 Trail of Lights Information

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Celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2014, the Trail of Lights is a treasured Austin tradition that delights thousands of children and adults alike during the holiday season. Since the event is held in Zilker Park and involves nightly closure of Barton Springs Road from Dec. 6 through Dec. 21, it impacts our neighborhood significantly. The City has worked closely with our Neighborhood Association to address concerns including neighborhood parking, access to the Park and Barton Springs pool, and increased traffic on our residential streets.

The City has provided us with a wealth of information included below to help you prepare for the Trail of Lights.

Web Links

Schedule

  • Dec. 5, 7:30-10 PM – Preview Party (Sponsor Event), no road closures. Parking at Stratford Field.
  • Dec. 6, 6:30-9 PM - 5K Run, road closures begin at 3 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 7, 6:30-10 PM – Opening Night, road closures begin at 3 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 8-11, 7-10 PM – Event Nights, road closures begin at 5:45 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 12-14, 6:30-10 PM – Event Nights, road closures begin at 5:30 PM, end at 11 PM, one lane closure westbound begins at 4:45 PM.
  • Dec. 15-18, 7-10 PM – Event Nights, road closures begin at 5:45 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 19-21, 6:30-10 PM – Event Nights, road closures begin at 5:30 PM, end at 11 PM, one lane closure westbound begins at 4:45 PM.

Road closures

  • Barton Springs Road – Mopac to Lamar
  • Stratford Road – Barton Springs to Mopac

Shuttle Schedule

Shuttles run nightly from various locations

  • 5:45 PM start time (first trip to park)
  • 9 PM end time (last trip to park)
  • 11 PM end time (last trip to garages/parking)

Shuttle locations

Neighborhood Patrol

  • 4 officers and 1 sergeant – roving 5 PM until approximately 11 PM daily. This dedicated unit will be roving and responding to issues/concerns throughout the impacted neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Call-In Line

  • Call-In Line: 512-970-8891

Parking

  • NO PARKING SIGNAGE will be installed Monday December 1.
  • The signs will NOT be actively enforced by patrols, but should be adhered to in all locations.
  • TIP: If you have guests coming over, it is suggested to park your car on street in legal unsigned areas, and then allow your guests to park in the driveway, if applicable.
  • On site parking can be purchased online only and not on site. There will be a limited number available each night and the permits must be presented prior to entering the parking area.

General Violations

Examples of what to call in:

  • Parking within 30′ of the approach to a stop sign.
  • Parking or blocking within 15′ of a fire hydrant.
  • Parking left wheel to curb. (cars parked facing against traffic).
  • If a car blocks YOUR driveway. Some neighbors may permit people to block their OWN driveway.
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.

Helpful Reminders

  • Please don’t put barriers in the street. It is public property and the police remove them.
  • Restricted parking areas are prohibited parking areas for all persons.
  • Immobilized cars should be moved out of restricted parking areas.

Noise Complaints

  • Neighborhood call-in line, 512-970-8891 or 311.

Zilker Park And Barton Springs Pool Details

  • Barton Springs Pool is open AT ALL TIMES during normal hours. Drive-in access and ADA parking to the pool during road closure times via Mopac and Andrew Zilker on the WEST side of the park.
  • Zilker Park – Rugby Field, Picnic Areas, parking lots, playscape (South of Barton Springs Road)
    • Open daily until roads close (to allow cars to be removed safely before patrons arrive)
    • The entire upper area of the Great Lawn will remain open. In addition, Auditorium Shores and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users

    Litter Control

    • Trash Pods – located at Lou Neff and Stratford, Robert E Lee and Barton Springs, along Robert E. Lee west sidewalk, and at the trailhead area south of the southgate parking area.
    • Neighborhood wide litter control carts will be placed out throughout the neighborhood to provide readily available litter containment and collected daily.
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October 28th BHNA Meeting

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Neighbors,

I urge all of you to attend the BHNA meeting on Tuesday, October 28th, at St. Mark’s Church. Among other things, the agenda will include:

1. A presentation/Q&A with Google Fiber about their plans for providing service in Barton Hills.

2. A presentation/Q&A with City of Austin staff about the vegetative “Grow Zone” along the west side of Robert E. Lee.

3. Discussion of CapMetro’s bus service to Barton Hills (and, pending confirmation from them, a presentation/Q&A with CapMetro).

4. Election of BHNA officers for 2015.

5. Updates on our Neighborhood Watch program, improvements to Barton Hills Community Park, the upcoming Fall Carnival at Barton Hills Elementary School, and much more.

As usual, we’ll have a dinner and social hour at 6:00pm (catered by Rockin’ Tomato Pizza/Pasta) and the formal meeting will start at 7:00pm. I hope to see you there!

Regards,

BHNA Preident

 

2014 ACL Festival Neighborhood Information

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Music lovers from Austin and around the world will descend upon Zilker Park for ACL Festival the weekends of October 3-5 and 10-12 this year. With average daily attendance of 75,000 people, this event has a significant impact upon our neighborhood. Below is useful information provided by the City of Austin to help you be prepared.

Helpful web links:

Event Details and Closure Periods

Load in commences Sept. 22
Stratford Road closed Sept. 24-25
Concert schedule Oct. 3-5, 11 AM-10 PM daily
Roads/Park South opens Oct. 6-9 (see details below)
Concert schedule Oct. 10-12, 11 AM-10 PM daily
Stratford Road closed Oct. 14-15, 7 AM-10 PM
Load out ends Oct. 17
Park maintenance Oct. 18-26 (minimum anticipated)

 

Zilker Park Open Areas And Barton Spring Pool Details

  • OPEN AT ALL TIMES – Barton Springs Pool is open AT ALL TIMES during normal hours. During concert days preferred close in parking is protected at the south gate lot off Robert E. Lee for pool swimmers. This includes ADA accessible parking.
  • CLOSED ON EVENT DAYS ONLY – Zilker Park – Rugby Field, parking lots, playscape, polo field.
    – Open weekdays until 10 pm Thursday night before each concert these spaces will be open. Expect higher traffic on Thursdays.
    – Austin Nature and Science Center and Zilker Botanical Gardens are ONLY closed on the Friday-Sunday concert period.

OTHER SPACES:

  • Auditorium Shores Middle Lawn, and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.

Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol

  1. 10 officers and 1 sergeant – Roving 10 am until approximately 11 pm daily. This dedicated unit will be roving and responding to issues/concerns throughout the impacted neighborhoods.
  2. 2 APD Officers (on Bikes) in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, 12pm-8pm

Neighborhood Call-In Line – 512-646-0909

  • 10 am – approximately 11 pm Friday-Sunday (everyone’s call-in number)

Low Flying Aircraft

FAA low flying aircraft information. The San Antonio Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) is the office that would take complaints about safety violations. That number is (800) 292-2023.

The FAA does not, however, take calls regarding nuisance complaints. Nuisance/aircraft noise complaints would go to the Aviation Department. Stephen Dick would be the point of contact for those. Number is (512) 530-5541.

Parking Restriction Signage

NO PARKING SIGNAGE will be installed earlier due to the increase in restricted parking areas, as well as allowing for time for corrections prior to the event commencing. These signs are valid upon installation, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE SIGNAGE.

Helpful Tip: Want to save parking near your house? Put your vehicle curbside, in the unsigned area of the road! Remember to face the correct direction of travel! Then your guests can use your driveway!

General Violations

  • Examples of what to call in….
  • Parking within 30? of the approach to a stop sign.
  • Parking or blocking within 15? of a fire hydrant.
  • Parking left wheel to curb. (cars parked facing against traffic).
  • If a car blocks YOUR driveway. Some neighbors may permit people to block their OWN driveway.
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.

Helpful Neighborhood Reminders

  • Please don’t put barriers in the street. It is public property and the police remove them.
  • Restricted parking areas are prohibited parking areas for all persons.
  • Immobilized cars should be moved out of restricted parking areas.

Noise Complaints

  • Neighborhood call-in line: 512-646-0909, or 311

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