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Guardians of the Greenbelt,

Our next workday is on Saturday March 03, the Austin Parks Foundation’s spring “It’s My Park Day”. We’ll be working from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Barton Creek Greenbelt Homedale access, 2010 Homedale Drive. Along with our partners from Austin Parks and Rec, we’ll be doing lots of invasive plant removal, some runoff management and trail repairs, and the usual trimming, weeding, graffiti removal, and trash pick up in the area.

Registration has been open for a while, but we can still use more volunteers. Please go to APF’s website here to sign up for our project. You can also reply to Stan or Glee using the email links below if you have any questions or problems with online registration.

As usual, we’ll have breakfast tacos for everyone and water to refill your bottles. We have tasks that are appropriate for a wide range of ages and skill sets. Kids are welcome, but younger ones will need to bring a parent along with them, and anyone under 18 will need a parent or guardian to sign the waiver. We’ll provide the team leaders and tools needed for all of the tasks. Please bring a water bottle, a pair of work gloves (if you have them), and wear closed-toe shoes. Long pants and long sleeves will also help to protect against poison ivy.

We’re looking forward to another good workday and hoping that a lot of you can join us!

Stan Ostrum

Glee Ingram


The following resolution was passed unanimously at the January 23 General Meeting of the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association:

Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
Resolution in Support of the Preservation of City Parkland (January 23, 2018)

WHEREAS, the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association (BHNA) borders Barton Creek, Zilker Park, Butler Shores and Lady Bird Lake; and

WHEREAS, the City of Austin is a rapidly growing city that is suffering a serious shortage of green space and of public parkland; and

WHEREAS, City of Austin staff has been investigating the use of city parkland for a private soccer stadium; and

WHEREAS, Butler Shores is an iconic site at the confluence of Barton Creek and the Colorado River; and

WHEREAS, Butler Shores is an integral part of the South Shore public park system;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the BHNA supports the preservation and public use of existing public parkland at Butler Shores and throughout the park system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the BHNA opposes the use of public parkland for the use of a professional soccer stadium or for other commercial purposes; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the BHNA asks the Austin City Council and city staff to eliminate from consideration the use of public parkland for the purpose of building a soccer stadium; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the BHNA specifically opposes the use of public parkland at Butler Shores and at Roy G. Guerrero Park for the purposes of a professional soccer stadium; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Barton Hills residents support the establishment of a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Austin provided that no public parkland is used for a stadium or related facilities; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the BHNA, through its president and its elected officers, makes the content of this resolution known to the Austin City Council, to city staff and to other relevant parties.

This resolution was passed unanimously by the BHNA membership at its January 23, 2018, membership meeting.

Mark Gentle, President
Barton Hills Neighborhood Association


Jan. 23 General Meeting Agenda

NOTE: No dinner will be served prior to the meeting.

Meeting Agenda – January 23, 2018

1. Meeting Convenes – 7pm

2. Brief Announcements
– Welcome new members

3. Approval of Minutes

4. Treasurer’s Report

5. President position – discussion, possible election/affirmation

6. Neighborhood Committee Reports

– Neighborhood Park Improvement – Melissa Hawthorne
– Greenbelt Guardians – Glee Ingram/Stan Ostrum
– Area Development – Peter Hess with Ann Kitchen, Butler Park proposed soccer stadium

7. Main Presentation – approximately 7:45pm

Oak Wilt Report – Keith Babberny, C.O.A. Arborist, Urban Forestry

8. Robert E. Lee Tributary Cleanup EffortsGail Roth

7. Meeting Adjourns

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