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


2021 ACL Festival Neighborhood Information

The following information was provided by the City of Austin and C3 Presents to help our neighborhood prepare for the upcoming Austin City Limits Music Festival:

ACL Music Festival will take place over two consecutive weekends: Friday, October 1st from 12pm to 10pm, Saturday & Sunday, October 2nd-3rd from 11am to 10pm; and Friday, October 7th from 12pm to 10pm, Saturday & Sunday, October 8th-9th from 11am-10pm.

The attached map offers a high-level overview of the scheduled street closures and transportation options for patrons to travel to Zilker Park from outside the surrounding neighborhoods. Please visit for detailed park access maps.

Barton Springs Pool is open at all times during normal hours. During Festival days parking is protected at the south gate lot off Azie Morton Rd. for pool swimmers. In addition, Auditorium Shores will be open at all times for general and off-leash use.

Neighborhood Call-In Line — 512-806-7907
Noise Complaints — Call the neighborhood call-in line, or 311.
Festival Questions —

ACL 2021 Festival Interactive Map
ACL 2021 Traffic Impact Calendar
ACL 2021 No Parking Maps


2020 Trail of Lights Information

The City of Austin has provided us with the information below since the annual Trail of Lights at Zilker Park significantly affects access to our neighborhood.

Unlike recent years, Trail of Lights 2020 will be a drive through ONLY experience. November 29– January event nights, closed on nights for the STARS Program, and on Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year’s Day.

As such, all the normal road closures will not be in effect. From November 29th to January 3rd, Toomey, Sterzing, and Barton Springs Road will NOT be closed for Trail of Lights.

Enclosed vehicles only will queue up along Stratford from Red Bud/Lake Austin area for entrance into the Trail and no walk-ins will be allowed. Vehicles will be required to have advance passes. For safety, there are no on-site admission sales, and no viewing areas of the site from the roadway or park. Therefore, no parking will be necessary for Trail-goers.

Interactive park access and site map: 
Google Maps of Trail of Lights Access Information

2020 Zilker Holiday Tree

Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 29, 6 pm – Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting – Virtual Ceremony

  • Austin Parks and Recreation YouTube Channel
  • ATXN Online Channel 1, or Channel 3 Spanish subtitles
  • Facebook – Zilker Holiday Tree
  • ATXN TV channels
    o Spectrum–Channel 6 (10.6 without a cable box)
    o Grande Communications – Channel 6 (119.6 without a cable box) 
    o AT&T U-Verse–Channel 99
  • To promote public safety, there are no on-site viewing and gathering options.

Tree Viewing

To ensure public safety and the health of our community the follow will be in place for 2020 after careful discussion with the City of Austin Health Authority.

No food/beverage or other concessions are on site or allowed on site. Parking lots near the Zilker Holiday Tree will be closed.

  • The park space near and directly under the Zilker Holiday Tree will be closed.
  • The public may view the Zilker Holiday Tree from their vehicle while driving through (excludes November 29 and December 31 when park roads near the tree will be closed)
  • Gatherings and on site viewing under the tree will not be available.

Download this information as a PDF document:
Neighborhood Flyer
Trail of Lights Calendar

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