2012 Trail of Lights Information

All things Trail of Lights may be found at:  http://www.austintrailoflights.org/

Neighborhood Call-In Line – 512-364-1044
The Number is Active 5 pm – 10:30 pm nightly

The trail of lights has not been presented since 2008 in the full traditional scope.  Entrance into the event is free for everyone.

Event, Road Closures, and Shuttle Schedule:

  • SAT, Dec. 15 – 6:30-8:00 PM – Trail of Lights 5K Run
  • SUN, Dec. 16 – 6:30-10:00 PM – Opening Nights / Light it Up!
  • MON, Dec. 17 –   6:30-10:00 PM – Military/Service Appreciation Night
  • TUE, Dec. 18 –  6:30-10:00 PM – “Keep Austin Weird”
  • WED, Dec. 19 –  6:30-10:00 PM – Heritage Night
  • THU, Dec. 20 –  6:30-10:00 PM – School Spirit Night
  • FRI, Dec 21 –  6:30-10:00 PM – Caroling Night
  • SAT, Dec. 22 –  6:30-10:00 PM – Santa/Elf Night
  • SUN, Dec. 23 –  6:30-10:00 PM – Grand Finale Fireworks

Road Closures:

  • SAT, Dec. 15th – 3:00pm – 11:00pm
  • SUN, Dec. 16th – 3:00pm – 11:00pm
  • MON – FRI, Dec. 17th – Dec. 21st – 6:00pm – 11:00pm
  • SAT/SUN, Dec. 22nd – 23rd – 5:30pm – 11:00pm

The street closure plan closes Barton Springs Road from Robert E. Lee to Rollingwood Drive.

In addition, APD staffed barricades will be place at Lund and Barton Boulevard at Robert E. Lee to prevent traffic flow inbound into the neighborhood during Trail of Lights Night (excludes 5K run night).

Shuttles will run from Republic Square and Barton Creek Mall to Zilker Park

  • 6:00pm – 9:30pm, inbound to event, and 6:30pm – 11:00pm, outbound from event

NEIGHBORHOOD PATROL:  In addition to APD staffing at the road closure, and interior security, the event was required to hire 2 APD officers to patrol the Zilker/Barton Hills neighborhood area, 2 APD officers to patrol the Lake Austin/Deep Eddy area, and 1 roving officer along Barton Springs Road.

The Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the 46the Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 2, 6:00 pm.  Pre-event music starts at 5:30 pm.  NO road closures are associated with the tree lighting ceremony.

Zilker Great Lawn

Post 2008, the Parks and Recreation Department created a new model for fencing to open a majority of the Great Lawn for public use during Trail of Lights season.  In prior years, fencing ran from the volleyball courts, along Stratford Road, along Barton Springs Road to Robert E. Lee and into the east side of the park.

The attached map shows the area of the Zilker Great Lawn required to be open (and will remain open) throughout the ENTIRE duration of the Trail of Lights nights for pedestrian access.  This new model was implemented to open a large portion of the Great Lawn throughout the holiday season.  There is full pedestrian access during normal park hours.


Area within the blue and red – closed until post event for Trail of Lights.
Area within the red blue and yellow, closed from Nov 19 until post event for Trail of Lights.


Austin City Limits Festival 2012


ACL is coming up on October 12-14.  You can start to see the beginnings…

This year there are additional officers in the Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol  10 officers and 1 sergeant (increased from 7 and 1), Roving 10 am until approximately 11 pm daily as well as 2 APD Officers (on Bikes) in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, 12pm-8pm.

The dial in number for ACL related response is (646) 578-8562. 

These officers are stationed and roving to be here in the area(s) impacted.

This year there are a number of streets that will have temporary No Parking zones that will be enforced by the police during ACL. The NP signs will be deployed on Wednesday and Thursday, October 10 and 11, but become enforceable Friday, October 12.

The streets with No Parking zones are shown on the attached map.

Please warn your neighbors. Only a small percentage of the population of the neighborhood is subscribed to this Yahoo Group. Parking within 30′ of the approach to a stop sign, within 15′ of a fire hydrant are illegal and will be enforced. Also, make sure when you park on the street that the right wheels of your vehicle are closest to the curb.

Please don’t put barriers in the street. It is public property and the police will ask you to remove them. I suggest placing orange cones along the curb, but not in the street.

The FAA allows the aerial advertisers. The city and C3 Presents have no control over them.

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. His number is (512) 530-5541.

I strongly urge you to use this number to report parking and other violations: (646) 578-8562

See the bottom of this page for road closure info:  http://www.aclfestival.com/plan/getting-here/

If you would like to volunteer to monitor traffic and parking we could always use your help. Contact John Luther  or myself 



Melissa Hawthorne
President, Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
PO Box 2042
Austin, TX 78768-2042

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By Susan Donaldson

With recent rains preceded by a mild winter, this summer has been an active mosquito season. Of particular concern are mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus (WNV).

Mosquitoes are present in Central Texas year round, but the population is largest and most active from April through September. During the season, adult mosquito populations are monitored and tested for mosquito-borne viruses by the Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department. Check the Austin/Travis County Arbovirus Surveillance Maps for the latest information on West Nile Virus-confirmed mosquito activity.

Travis County has seen a total of 108 mosquito pools testing positive for WNV in 28 zip codes as of Sept. 4, 2012 — the highest number of positive pools detected since surveillance activities began in 2003.

In Travis County, there have been a total of 68 human WNV cases and three deaths reported from Jan. 1 to Sept. 12, 2012. In Texas, there were 1,182 human WNV cases and 53 deaths were reported from Jan. 1 to Sept. 12, 2012.

Preventing mosquitoes from biting you is the best defense. To help prevent bites, follow the four Ds:

  • Dusk and dawn: Try to stay indoors at dusk and dawn. That is the time when mosquitoes likely to carry the infection are most active.
  • Dress: Wear pants and long sleeves when you are outside.
  • DEET: Apply insect repellent that contains DEET. Read and follow label instructions. Spray both exposed skin and clothing with repellent.
  • Drain: Get rid of standing water in your yard and neighborhood. Old tires, flowerpots, clogged rain gutters, birdbaths and wading pools can be breeding sites for mosquitoes.

Check out this comprehensive article on less toxic or green mosquito control, including product toxicity comparisons, for additional options.

To report a mosquito problem, call (512) 978-0370 or click here to send an email to the City of Austin.

More information visit www.austintexas.gov/westnile.

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