2019 Trail of Lights Information

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 nearby Zilker Park and involves intermittent nightly closure of Barton Springs Road from Dec. 7 through Dec. 23, it impacts our neighborhood significantly.

The City has worked closely with our Neighborhood Association to address resident 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 helpful information included below to help you prepare for the Trail of Lights.

Web Links

City Event Web Sites

Helpful Documents

No parking signage

Neighborhood wide no parking signage will be installed before the event. The signs will NOT be actively enforced by patrols, but should be adhered to in all locations. APD will be actively ticketing and towing this year in all signed no parking areas on EVENT DAYS!

Helpful 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.

Zilker Park And Barton Springs Pool Details

  • Barton Springs Pool is open 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, or at the south gate entrance on Azie Morton. The south gate parking areas will be closed to all event attendees and staffed by security.
  • Zilker Park – Rugby Field, Picnic Areas, parking lots, playscape (South of Barton Springs Road)
    • Open to drive in traffic 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.

Neighborhood Patrol  – Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol 

  • 4 officers and 1 sergeant – Roving 5 pm until approximately 10 pm daily. This dedicated unit will be roving and responding to issues/concerns throughout the impacted neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Call-In Line

Neighborhood Call-In Line
  • Call-In Line: 512-970-8891, or 311

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. 
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.
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Hello Neighbors:

I hope this message finds you well and ready for some fall weather!

The October BHNA membership meeting will be devoted to the latest rewrite of the Land Development Code and how the new code will impact our neighborhood.  We plan to have a panel discussion that will include our D5 Council Member Ann Kitchen and Fred Lewis, President of Community Not Commodity.  They will be joined by subject matter experts to focus on responding to our questions about the latest draft of the new zoning.  This is a truly unique opportunity for us to understand this critically important proposed action by our local government and the likely impact on our neighborhood.  

BARTON HILLS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
MEMBERSHIP MEETING

October 22, 2019
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall

AGENDA

6:00   Social Hour, dinner $10

7:00   Call to Order; announcements including new Long-Range Park Planning sub-committee and confirmation of submission: Barton Hills Neighborhood Association Comments Opposing the Sawyer-Cleveland Partnership Waste-Water Permit Application

7:05   Approval of Prior Meeting Minutes

7:10   Treasurer’s Report

7:12   Committee Reports

7:20   Panel Discussion of Rewrite of Austin’s Land Development Code

Panel will include District 5 Council Member Ann Kitchen; Fred Lewis from Community Not Commodity, along with subject matter experts

8:20   Association Executive Committee Membership Election

8:45   Adjourn  

Happy trails,
Mark Gentle, President

 
Greenbelt Guardians logo

Registration is open now for our next Greenbelt Guardians workday on Saturday November 02, the Austin Parks Foundation’s fall “It’s My Park Day” event. Please go here to sign up.

We’ll be working at the Homedale Access from 9:00 – 12:00 and we plan to focus on the removal of invasive plants in the area, primarily ligustrum and nandina. We’ll also do some trail repairs, patch a small section of rock wall that got damaged in the floods near the footbridge by the flats, pickup trash, and cleanup graffiti in the area.

The weather has finally cooled off some and hopefully we’ll get some real rain in the next few weeks. We’re looking forward to another good workday and hope that you can join us!

Thanks,

Stan and Glee
Greenbelt Guardians
www.greenbeltguardians.org

 
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