2017 Trail of Lights Information

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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. 2 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 AT ALL TIMES 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 Robert E. Lee. The southgate 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.
  • 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

  • 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. Some neighbors may permit people to block their OWN driveway.
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.

Helpful Reminders

  • Please don’t put barriers in the street. They will be removed.
  • Restricted parking areas are prohibited parking areas for all persons.
  • Immobilized cars should be moved out of restricted parking areas.
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Guardians of the Greenbelt,

Our next workday is coming up fast: the Austin Parks Foundation’s fall “It’s My Park Day” on Saturday November 4th.  We’ll be working from 9:00 – 12:00 at the Barton Creek Greenbelt Homedale access, 2010 Homedale Drive.  In conjunction with our partners at Austin Parks and Rec, we’ll be doing some trail repairs and runoff management, building some rock steps, removing invasives, trimming and weeding, removing graffiti, and picking up trash in the area.

Registration is open now!  Please go to the Austin Parks Foundation’s Get Pulse website here to sign up for our project. You can also reply to this email if you have any questions or problems with online registration.

As always, we’ll have breakfast tacos for everyone and plenty of water to refill your bottles. We have tasks that are appropriate for a wide range of ages and skill sets, so don’t think you’re too old or young to help!  (We love kids, but younger ones should be sure to bring a parent along with them. 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 help to protect against poison ivy which, like everything else, is thriving in the greenbelt now due to all the rain we’ve had this year.

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

Thanks,
Stan Ostrum

Glee Ingram

 

October 24th General Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda – October 24, 2017

1. Meeting Convenes – 7pm

2. Brief Announcements
– Welcome new members
– Annual St Mark’s Donation

3. Approval of Minutes

4. Treasurer’s Report

5. 2018 BHNA Election

5. Neighborhood Committee Reports

– Neighborhood Park Improvement – Melissa Hawthorne
– Greenbelt Guardians – Glee Ingram
– Austin Neighborhood Council – David Poisson
– Area Coordinator – Peter Hess, CodeNext Update

6. Main Presentation – approximately 8pm

Chuck Crow, City of Austin Environmental Vector Control. Presentation regarding responsible pesticide usage within the Barton Hills natural residential environment

Cherylann Campbell. AISD bond initiative, follow up presentation

7. Meeting Adjourns

 
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