2015 Zilker Kite Festival Information

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The following information was provided to our neighborhood association by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department Office of Special Events in preparation for the annual Zilker Kite Festival scheduled for Sunday, March 1:

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Event Details and Closure Periods

Zilker Park Open Areas And Barton Spring Pool Details

  • Barton Springs Pool is currently closed for cleaning, and will be closed during this event.
  • Robert E Lee Parking Lot – will be staffed for park trail users. Event parkers will NOT be able to park in this lot.
  • Zilker Park – open at all times on the south side except on event day.
  • Zilker Park – open on the north side up until approximately 2 pm on Saturday for load-in purposes.  The park grounds are still open; users should park on the south side and use the pedestrian crosswalk. Lou Neff will be dedicated at that time to festival traffic for load in purposes.

OTHER SPACES:

  • Auditorium Shores Middle Lawn, and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.

Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol

APD officers have been scheduled for dedicated neighborhood ticketing/enforcement. Please call 311 as noted below to have a request sent over in real time to the event site.

Neighborhood Call-In Line: 311

The city has enhanced the way we are using 311. 311 will be sending all traffic/parking and sound complaints immediately to the event site City contacts in real time. Please have vehicle make/model and street address ready to report parking violations.

Parking Restrictions

  • NO PARKING SIGNAGE will be installed due to the increase in restricted parking areas, as well as allowing for time for corrections prior to the event commencing.
  • These signs are valid upon installation, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE SIGNAGE.

HELPFUL TIP:  Want to save parking near your house?  Put your vehicle curbside, in the unsigned area of the road!  Remember to face the correct direction of travel!  Then your guests can use your driveway!

General Violations

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

Shuttles / Bike Parking

  • Dedicated festival shuttles run from 2 locations.  See KITE FESTIVAL WEBSITE FOR SCHEDULE/DETAILS.
  • Bike to the event – bike rack is located at the rugby field.
  • Parking at the park is NOT encouraged.  It is limited and fills very early in the morning.
  • EXTENSIVE illegal parking/towing patrols operate in the area neighborhoods.
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Austin will host the 2015 National Cycle-Cross Championships at Zilker Park from January 7-11. The City has provided the following information regarding access to Barton Spring Pool and traffic/parking impact for the area. Please check the links to PDF documents below for additional details.

BARTON SPRINGS POOL PARKING INFORMATION DURING THE USA CYCLOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
The USA Cyclocross Championships will be taking place in Zilker Park between January 7th-11th, 2015. Barton Springs Pool will remain open, but access to the north entrance and parking lot will be closed from January 6th -11th, 2015 for the set up and the event. Please note that access to parking at the Barton Springs Pool Main Entrance and access to surrounding roads will be limited during these dates.

The south parking lot (located at 710 Robert E Lee) and south gate of Barton Springs Pool will be open for swimmers from 5am – 9:50pm during the event.

ROAD CLOSURES
January 11 ONLY Barton Springs lane reduction each way west/east to manage traffic/ pedestrians. Northbound Stratford will be open to vehicular traffic, while southbound closed for pedestrian safety/use from the Stratford field to the event site. Expect higher than normal traffic Jan 7-10 at the site/area.

No parking signage will be installed January 7-11 and enforced by neighborhood rovers hired by the event. On January 11, barricade positions will be additionally staffed into the neighborhood.
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, if applicable.

Call-in Phone Number 877-342-2076

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2014 Trail of Lights Information

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Celebrating it’s 50th anniversary in 2014, 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 Zilker Park and involves nightly closure of Barton Springs Road from Dec. 6 through Dec. 21, it impacts our neighborhood significantly. The City has worked closely with our Neighborhood Association to address 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 a wealth of information included below to help you prepare for the Trail of Lights.

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Schedule

  • Dec. 5, 7:30-10 PM – Preview Party (Sponsor Event), no road closures. Parking at Stratford Field.
  • Dec. 6, 6:30-9 PM – 5K Run, road closures begin at 3 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 7, 6:30-10 PM – Opening Night, road closures begin at 3 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 8-11, 7-10 PM – Event Nights, road closures begin at 5:45 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 12-14, 6:30-10 PM – Event Nights, road closures begin at 5:30 PM, end at 11 PM, one lane closure westbound begins at 4:45 PM.
  • Dec. 15-18, 7-10 PM – Event Nights, road closures begin at 5:45 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 19-21, 6:30-10 PM – Event Nights, road closures begin at 5:30 PM, end at 11 PM, one lane closure westbound begins at 4:45 PM.

Road closures

  • Barton Springs Road – Mopac to Lamar
  • Stratford Road – Barton Springs to Mopac

Shuttle Schedule

Shuttles run nightly from various locations

  • 5:45 PM start time (first trip to park)
  • 9 PM end time (last trip to park)
  • 11 PM end time (last trip to garages/parking)

Shuttle locations

Neighborhood Patrol

  • 4 officers and 1 sergeant – roving 5 PM until approximately 11 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

Parking

  • NO PARKING SIGNAGE will be installed Monday December 1.
  • The signs will NOT be actively enforced by patrols, but should be adhered to in all locations.
  • 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, if applicable.
  • On site parking can be purchased online only and not on site. There will be a limited number available each night and the permits must be presented prior to entering the parking area.

General Violations

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. It is public property and the police remove them.
  • Restricted parking areas are prohibited parking areas for all persons.
  • Immobilized cars should be moved out of restricted parking areas.

Noise Complaints

  • Neighborhood call-in line, 512-970-8891 or 311.

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.
  • Zilker Park – Rugby Field, Picnic Areas, parking lots, playscape (South of Barton Springs Road)
    • Open 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

    Litter Control

    • Trash Pods – located at Lou Neff and Stratford, Robert E Lee and Barton Springs, along Robert E. Lee west sidewalk, and at the trailhead area south of the southgate parking area.
    • Neighborhood wide litter control carts will be placed out throughout the neighborhood to provide readily available litter containment and collected daily.
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