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Saturday, September 25, Spyglass Trail Entry, 9:00 – 12:30

Hello Greenbelt Fans,

We all made it through the hot summer, the endangered birds completed another nesting season, and we have clearance to go after the invasive plant population again. September 25 is National Public Lands Day, and we will be celebrating this much-loved greenbelt by tending to its ecological health.

Our primary task will be to continue removing Ligustrum trees (both big-leaf Japanese Ligustrum and small-leaf Chinese Ligustrum), Nandina shrubs, and Chinaberry trees. We will have numerous teams working on this task, along both sides of the main trail from near the Spyglass entry to Campbell’s Hole. We’ll be working with crew leaders with chainsaws, to remove the largest trees, and in groups using hand saws and weed wrenches to remove the smaller plants. The downed biomass will be cut up and stacked into tight windrows, to slow any rain runoff into the creek. We will also have a group doing litter pick up along the trail and in the creek bed near the rock flats.

Thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation and an Impact Austin grant and the Hill Country Conservancy, there will also be numerous other groups working on invasives removal on the main trail by the Zilker access. And there will be a free lunch provided after the work day at Zilker Park near the Zilker access trailhead.

Please sign up to work with the Greenbelt Guardians on this work day, Saturday, September 25, from 9:00 – 12:30. We will have a sign-in table at the Spyglass Trail entry, at the corner of Barton Skyway and Spyglass Drive. RSVP to this invitation, and ALSO sign-up on the Austin Parks Foundation website, to get counted for the free lunch.

Click on “register online” and then scroll down to Spyglass Invasives Removal with the Greenbelt Guardians to sign up with our team.

We’re looking forward to another great work day.

Glee Ingram
Greenbelt Guardians Coordinator
(512) 443-7522


Join us at St. Mark’s Church (corner of Barton Skyway & Barton Hills Dr.). Everyone is invited!

Pre-meeting social hour! at 6 p.m. Italian dinner for $6.

All are welcome!


  • 7:00 Call to order/Welcome
  • 7:05 Administrative Business
  • 7:10 Update on Neighborhood Development – Amy’s Ice Creams
  • 7:15 Greenbelt Guardians
  • 7:20 Update on Barton Hills Elementary Beautification Project – Clay Boulware
  • 7:25 Steve Dubov – Art on the Way
  • 7:45 Neighborhood Watch
  • 7:55 Adjourn

Wendy Papasan
President, Barton Hills Neighborhood Assn.
call or text (512) 297-9431

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July 4th Parade

Hi neighbors,

It is officially summer and that means preparations are underway for the Barton Hills 4th of July parade. Mark your calendars and come out and celebrate everything that makes America and our neighborhood so fantastic!

Everyone is invited to participate in the parade and the activities afterwards. Doll up your bicycle, dress up your wagon, and get into the festive spirit by either marching in the parade or cheering everyone else on. There are prizes for best parade entries – so GO ALL OUT with your floats, bikes, wagons and costumes.

Here’s the scoop:

Date: July 4th
Time: Muster at the Barton Hills Market at 8:30, parade starts at 9 am. Parade participants move from the Market to the elementary school.
Who: Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr will lead the parade and serve as Grand Marshall
Who: Sara Hickman will emcee and will sing the national anthem with the Barton Hills Elementary Choir!
Who: You, your kids, your parents, your Aunt Silvia, friends from other neighborhoods, your dog, your ferret (okay, maybe the ferret should stay home, but please invite everyone else!)
What: A parade, then cookies, watermelon, games, snow cones, and music afterwards at Barton Hills Elementary.

IT IS FUN!! And a great way to celebrate the best neighborhood in Austin – BARTON HILLS!!

We are looking for volunteers to help. Please email me or call me know if you can:

1. Bring cookies (2 dozen) (bring to elementary school by 8 am)
2. Bring watermelon (bring to elementary school by 8 am)
3. Cut watermelon the day of the parade.
4. Decorate the day of the parade
5. Help with games the day of the parade.

This event takes a village and the executive committee cannot do it alone. Please, please help.


Wendy Papasan
President, Barton Hills Neighborhood Assn.
call or text (512) 297-9431

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