Barton Hills Neighborhood Independence Day Parade

July 4th we assemble at Barton Hills Market at 8:30AM

Parade starts at 9AM

The procession is led by Austin Fire Department Station 11 fire truck.  Travis County Constable Office Precinct 3 will be providing traffic control for the event.  After walking the short distance over the rolling Hills of Barton, we will conclude at Barton Hills Elementary Playground for the after Party.  

We encourage everyone to wear their Red, White and Blue!  Fly your flags, decorate your yard, especially along the parade route!

There will be prizes for the TOP 3 in the following categories:

  • Decorated Bicycles
  • Wagons/Carts
  • Most Patriotic Pooch
  • Most Patriotic Dressed Neighbor
  • Best Cookies 

If you have a classic car, sports car, monster truck or fancy Harley we welcome you to join the procession. Please feel free to decorate your vehicle. If you want to make a float please do!

Of note, this is a family event and we are not allowing commercial advertising on vehicles and/or floats. We can all live without advertising and commercials for a few hours. 

After parade party will be held at Barton Hills Elementary.

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Due to the cold and wet weather that is forecast to continue through Saturday, we’ve decided to move our workday to Sunday February from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM at the Gus Fruh entrance.

Once again, we’re working a week before APF’s spring It’s My Park Day event on March 05 in order to do invasives removal before the March 01 cutoff date that marks the start of golden-cheeked warbler nesting season.

Our focus will be on removing invasive plants, primarily ligustrum and nandina. We’ll also pick up trash in the area and probably do a little trail maintenance. There will be tasks for all ages and abilities. As always, breakfast tacos will be provided by the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association.

Please send an email to sign up to volunteer. It’s a great way to get some exercise, meet your neighbors, spend some time on the beautiful Barton Creek Greenbelt, and contribute to the greater good.

We look forward to seeing you!

Stan Ostrum
Greenbelt Guardians coordinator

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The Zilker Neighborhood Association joined forces with the Barton Hills and Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Associations as well as the SOS Alliance to produce a report on a new vision for Zilker Park. It proposes restoring a little over 20% or up to up to 75 acres of the park to forests, wetland and prairies, a process known as “rewilding.”

Rewilding will increase biodiversity, reduce erosion, and mitigate the urban heat island while improving the experience for park users. The recommendations support the newly adopted Austin Climate Equity Plan since rewilded areas help mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

The report was released right before the third community session of the City of Austin’s Zilker Vision Planning on October 19, which will focus on Design Alternatives. We urge you to participate in the session and support the ecological restoration of the park. Register here.

You can also leave comments for several weeks after the meeting.

Another good article with links for information:
Public Notice: Rewilding Zilker Park By Nick Barbaro, Austin Chronicle

Thanks to Ingrid Weigand, BCNA Parks and Green Space Committee, for topic summary and links

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