2019 Trail of Lights Information

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. 7 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 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 Azie Morton. The south gate 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.

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

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. 
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.
Tagged with:  

2019 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:

The Austin City Limits Music Festival will take place over two consecutive weekends: Friday, October 4th 12pm to 10pm, Saturday & Sunday, October 5th-6th 11am to 10pm; and Friday, October 11th 12pm to 10pm, Saturday & Sunday, October 12th- 13th 11am-10pm. Please see the map below for closures. Go to www.austintexas.gov/parkevents for interactive 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.

Click to enlarge


New for 2019: During set up days, Stratford Drive closure hours have been reduced from 7:00am – 10:00pm, to 9:00am – 6:00pm. Barton Springs Road will be closed on Festival show days to all vehicle traffic starting at Azie Morton Road. Cars will be able to make a U-turn on Barton Springs Road and be directed to South Lamar Blvd. This closure will reduce the amount of vehicles allowed into the neighborhoods and will create a safe crossing for pedestrians at Azie Morton Road and Barton Springs Road.

Sept. 23 – Oct. 30, closed to the public
Oct. 18, Festival load out ends
Oct. 19 – 30, park maintenance

at Nature Center Dr & Barton Springs Rd
Sept. 23, 12:00am – 6:00am & 9:00am – 6:00am
Sept. 24 – 26, 9:00am – 6:00pm daily
Oct. 3 9:00pm – Oct. 7 6:00am
Oct. 10 9:00pm – Oct. 14 6:00am
Oct. 14 – 17, 9:00am – 6:00pm daily

at Barton Hills & Barton Springs Rd
Residential traffic will be allowed to exit the neighborhood on Azie Morton Rd., East Bound onto Barton Springs from 12:00am – 11:59am on both Fridays, and 12:00am – 8:00am on both Saturdays and Sundays of event weekends.

Oct. 4 12:00pm – 12:00am
Oct. 5 8:00am – Oct. 6 12:00amOct. 11 12:00pm – 12:00am
Oct. 12 8:00am – Oct. 13 12:00am

at Sterzing St & Rollingwood Dr
Sept. 28 3:00am – 7:00am
Oct. 3 9:00pm – Oct. 7 6:00am
Oct. 10 9:00pm – Oct. 14 6:00am

During this time, a portion of the areas in and surrounding Zilker Park will be accessible to the public including Barton Springs, Rugby Field and the Botanical Gardens and Austin Nature and Science Center.


  • Barton Springs Pool is open AT ALL TIMES during normal hours.
  • OPEN AREAS – pre-event days, and in between event weekends
    Zilker Park – Picnic Areas, Playscape (South of Barton SpringsRoad), Barton Springs Pool
    Facilities – Nature Center, Botanical Gardens, Splash Exhibit. In addition, Auditorium Shores and Butler Park will be open.


Due to the increase in restricted parking areas, appropriate signage will be installed in advance to allow time required for installation, and review/corrections prior to event days.

These signs are valid upon installation, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE SIGNAGE

The restricted parking area signage will stay UP in between weekends. They remain valid during this time period, but APD will not be actively patrolling between event weekends.

  • Extensive restricted parking is installed in Zilker, Bouldin and Barton Hills with active ticketing.
  • City of Rollingwood has no parking zones in effect as well. See City of Rollingwood website.
  • Barton Springs Road will close at Sterzing this year – no traffic allowed past Sterzing to Azie Morton area. All traffic on Barton Springs from Lamar to Sterzing should be local traffic only.
  • Drop off zones are near Austin High, Wallingwood, and Lee Barton Roads.
  • TIP! – If you need additional parking – park your OWN vehicle in LEGAL onstreet parking, and save a driveway for guests.

Between the hours of 9pm – 12am each evening of the Festival as patrons exit, the following roads will be closed to all vehicle access:

Barton Springs Road (between Lamar & Sterzing)
Sterzing Street (between Barton Springs & Toomey)
Toomey Road (between Sterzing and Lamar)


Dedicated APD officers are patrolling and ticketing in the entire event and surrounding area. Call in parking violations to the event operations center call-in line (see number below).

Neighborhood Call-In Line — 512-806-7903
Noise Complaints — Call the neighborhood call-in line, or 311.
Festival Questions — info@aclfestival.com


  • 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.
  • REMINDER: Make a quick note of the vehicle’s color, make and model before you call!


  • The Austin 311 app is the proper tool for dockless device reporting (scooters, dockless bikes, or similar).
  • Submit 311 requests for dockless devices that are blocking, impeding or causing safety issues in the City. This will allow the city to have a documented record of issues regarding operations.
  • When reporting – it is helpful to have the exact location, and an image of the issue. The 311 app is most helpful for this purpose as it allows you to geolocate the position of the complaint, and attach an image.
  • If you do not have access to the 311 app you can use this online reporting tool.


ACL 2019 Neighborhood Letter
ACL 2019 Traffic Impacts at a Glance Calendar
ACL 2019 Online Information


City warning about Lady Bird Lake water

Image by Deborah Jackson from Pixabay 

The City of Austin has requested we pass along the following information:

As you may know, the City of Austin is advising that people and animals not drink water or expose themselves for extended periods of time to Lady Bird Lake water until further notice.

Please post and distribute the attached fliers appropriately to help amplify the message. (English-Spanish / Simplified Chinese-Vietnamese)

Testing on the water is being conducted. Until we have test results, the City strongly advises that everyone minimize their exposure to Lady Bird Lake water.  As a reminder, it is illegal to swim in Lady Bird Lake. At this time, we have no reason to believe that boating is unsafe. When out on the lake, people should limit direct contact with the water to include accidental ingestion.

Lady Bird Lake is not a drinking water source, this issue is not affecting Austin’s drinking water supply.

For more information, you can go to austintexas.gov/algae or call 3-1-1.

© 2020 Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
QR Code Business Card