Dear Barton Hills residents,

The playground at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (2128 Barton Hills Drive) will soon be undergoing renovations to update equipment, improve usability, take greater advantage of the natural amenities, and to bring it up to date with the state of Texas licensing codes.

We are seeking volunteers for this Saturday, August 23, at 9am and on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8:30am to do hand labor, covering some demolition and site clean up. A construction manager will guide us during these volunteer hours. There will be plenty of work to do for all levels of experience.

St. Mark’s has played a role in so many lives here in Barton Hills, through the church and pre-school, as a meeting hall, and a place for our support groups, music and language lessons, and Scout troops. A few hours of your time on either or both of these days will help greatly in getting the job done and in extending the budget this non- profit school has allocated for this initiative.

Please contact me if you plan to come, as we want to plan resources appropriately. Childcare will be provided on both days, as long as you give me advance notice of your attendance.

Thanks so much!
Sarah Boyd


Dear Greenbelt Guardians,

This is a confirmation that we are on “GO” on our trail work day, tomorrow, Saturday, July 19 from 8:00am to noon. We will meet up at the Homedale Trail entry, 2010 Homedale Drive. We will provide all of the work tools, team leaders and tasks, plus energy food and snacks.

Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for protection. It would be a good idea to wear a sun hat, and bring a personal water bottle to keep with you. We will have water refills and energy drinks. At this point, we are expecting about 35 people – if you have not yet RSVP’d, please do so quickly so we can assure that we have plenty of supplies and surprises (Austin Parks Foundation is bringing a “thank you” gift for each person that will be the envy of your friends and family…).

We’re looking forward to another great work day – see you there.

Glee Ingram
Greenbelt Guardian Coordinator
(512) 443-7522


July 4 Parade Update

Just wanted to send out an update on Friday’s parade: is calling for 30% chance of isolated thunderstorms on Friday. The parade will be cancelled if there is heavy rain/lightning at start time. Parade start location is at the Barton Hills Market. Gather starting at 8:30 for a 9 am start time.

We will have access to the school restrooms this year-which is fabulous news-so a big thank you to Barton Hills Elementary for sharing their building with us. Please keep it as clean and neat as possible, as one of the school custodians will be spending her July 4th with us and we don’t want to overburden her.

I believe we might have a wonderful singer for our National Anthem but I don’t want to announce it until I have confirmed with her. It will be terrific for us if she says yes.

I am also happy to announce that we will have special guests joining us on Friday morning: the staff of the Barton Hills Mobil will be taking part in the parade and picnic so please come and say goodbye to our good friends!

In addition to all the watermelon, cookies and brownies we will be offering, Jim-Jim’s will be back with his delicious fruit ices so bring some cash for a tasty treat! We will have Run-Tex water jugs again this year but feel free to bring your own reusable water bottle as well. Let’s try to cut down on waste as much as possible.

At the picnic, we will be welcoming local non-profits including Animal Trustees of Austin and Care Communities. And as he did last year, Travis County Constable Richard McCain will be offering Child ID packets.

Finally, please remember to bring non-perishable food to donate to the Capital Area Food Bank. What better way to honor our country’s birthday than to help the less fortunate right here in our own community? And if any of you can help take the food boxes to the food pantry, even better.

Thanks to all the volunteers who have been working hard behind the scenes. Your neighborhood appreciates you very much!!

Kimberly White Erlinger
VP, Barton Hills Neighborhood Association

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