Join us April 7 for Picnic in the Park

BHNA Picnic In The Park

Plans are well under way for the exciting April 7th Picnic In The Park from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM and you are invited.  The festivities will take place in the northeast corner of the park area at the Barton Hills school/park.  We will be in the shade of beautiful trees and overlooking a part of our great neighborhood.  Round tables with colorful coverings and folding chairs will be set up when you arrive with your picnic supper.  There will be washer pitching, bocce and domino games for adults and bean bag toss and junior bocce games for the children. Fantastic music will be provided by Jennifer Ellen Cook and her awesome band. As an added bonus this year there will be a full moon just one evening before the event so we will be able to enjoy a terrific evening sky along with our picnic, weather permitting.

Parking for the Picnic will be along Barton Hills Drive and in the small school parking lots in front of and on the west side of the school.  Volunteers will be available to assist anyone needing a little extra help to get from the parking lot to the picnic site.  Please let us know in advance if you will be needing some assistance by contacting Sunny at or at 441-0748.

We look forward to seeing you at the Picnic.  So, bring your family and some neighbors.  Let’s make this a very special event for Barton Hills.



It’s My Park Day Saturday, March 3

Dear Greenbelt Lovers,

This year’s annual citywide It’s My Park Day event, sponsored by the Austin Parks Foundation, is scheduled for Saturday March 3, 2012. As usual, the BHNA Greenbelt Guardians will be participating, working at both the Gus Fruh and Homedale entries to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. You can participate at the site of your choice, and we will provide tasks, team leaders, tools, and refreshments at each site.

Work projects at both sites will include lots of invasive plant removal activities, some minor trail repairs and maintenance, possibly some rock work, and, as always, picking up cans, bottles, and other trash. There will be suitable tasks for all ages and skill levels. Kids with adult supervision are welcome.

Please RSVP by both replying to this message, and also registering online at the Austin Parks Foundation website at Click on the link for It’s My Park Day volunteer registration, and then use the search tools on that page to find our events. They are listed as: Greenbelt Guardians: Homedale Entry at Barton Creek and Greenbelt Guardians: Gus Fruh Entry at Barton Creek. If you search by park name, they’re both under Barton Creek Greenbelt East. You can also just click on Show All and scroll through the list.

NOTE: be sure to register online if you want to receive a t-shirt!

The work day is from 9:00 – 1:00, and as usual we’ll start the morning off with breakfast tacos before getting to work. Snacks will be provided throughout the day. We’ll send out more details next week to everyone who registers. There’s plenty to do, so we’re hoping for a good turnout and are looking forward to seeing everyone, both veterans and newcomers!


Greenbelt Guardians Coordinators


By Melissa Hawthorne

The Greenbelt is truly one of the bright spots of living here in Austin. After the hustle of the week, I make time to go wander in the Greenbelt. I see some other folks wandering, as well, and wonder how many people here in the neighborhood take advantage of this respite. If it’s been awhile since you’ve enjoyed this gem in your backyard, now is a good time to go. The maps at the bottom of the page can give you a better idea of where the best access points are.

Depending on your skill level, there are several entrances you could choose to enter the Greenbelt. No matter which access point you use they all lead to the creek. If you are looking for a nice wide “main” trail — really wide and level — take the Greenbelt access through Zilker on the south side of Barton Springs Pool or the Spyglass entrance (from the Mopac side), which is actually across from the Homedale entrance.

The 360 access point is also fairly simple to navigate and, when you get down into the Greenbelt, you can go either south or north. Going south takes you toward the Wilderness Park, a developed trail not quite as large as the Zilker entrance. Going north toward Gus Fruh is stunning in its own way. The Gus Fruh entrance is definitely one of my favorites.

The Barton Hills access point, on Homedale, is a little more challenging, but once you’re there it’s absolutely exquisite. Staying on the neighborhood side on Homedale and Gus Fruh, the trail kind of dead ends; however, since the creek is not flowing now due to drought, you can easily cross to the other side of the creek to get to the “main” trail.

When the water is flowing, Homedale has the “rapids” and “falls” that kayakers love to navigate, as well as a small swimming “pool” beside the rapids, and Gus Fruh has the large swimming hole that families and dogs share. The 360 area has climbing walls just the other side of the creek. Climbing walls can also be found between Gus Fruh and Spyglass on the main trail across the creek from our neighborhood entry trail.

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