Barton Springs Parking Update

Dear Barton Hills Residents,

Your numerous emails as well as BHNA discussions with city staff have led to some progress on the parking situation at the Robert E. Lee entrance to Barton Springs. No resolution has been reached yet, but I would like to pass along where we stand and alert you to an opportunity to have your voice heard on this issue.

City Manager Toby Futrell and Interim PARD Director Warren Struss have been receptive to discussion and concerned about the impact the new parking charge has had on the Barton Hills and Zilker neighborhoods. This weekend and beyond, the city will evaluate the parking charge and its impact on the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. As we receive updates (hopefully next week), this information will be passed along to you via the email listserv and the upcoming June BHNA newsletter.

Representatives from the city and PARD (Warren Struss & Jay Stone) are slated to attend our June 22nd BHNA meeting at St. Marks. As always, Green Mesquite will offer barbeque for $5 at 6PM, with the general meeting beginning at 7PM. We encourage you to attend the meeting so that your concerns about the parking charge are clearly heard. A strong turnout would be a great indication of the resolve our neighborhood possesses.


Derek Stuart

BHNA Treasurer


Greenbelt Guardian workday report

We have some very dedicated neighbors! Despite showers & drizzle and a forecast for thunderstorms, 32 people showed up at the Gus Fruh Greenbelt Trail on Saturday morning and put in a collective effort of 95 volunteer work hours!

The meadow and trailside have been relieved of a massive infestation of hitchhiker sticker weeds (two truckloads full of plastic bags), rock borders along the trail were repaired, several of the cross-trail water bars were reconstructed, and massive piles of nandina and ligustrum now serve as water filters, erosion control devices, and wildlife habitat shelter. The weed wrenches have lost their new bright orange gleam and sport mud streaks and small nicks, marks of honor. It was a great day of convivial, collaborative work.

Thanks to all who came and shared their energy, innovativeness, humor, and dedication. And thanks to the Austin Parks Foundation for helping to promote the day and provide snacks and tee shirts. And thanks to the BHNA for so consistently and enthusiastically supporting the program.

We will be at the Gus Fruh trail on our next workday also, which is planned for Saturday, July 17.

Glee Ingram

BHNA Greenbelt Guardian Coordinator



April 13 Meeting notes online

Did you miss the BHNA General Meeting on April 13? If so, you can catch up by reading the meeting minutes. Find out about crime reported in our neighborhood and efforts to form a neighborhood watch program, plus what’s happening with the city’s neighborhood planning process for Barton Hills, plans for next year’s Austin City Limit’s Music Festival, and more.

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