The following resolution was passed unanimously at the January 23 General Meeting of the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association:

Barton Hills Neighborhood Association
Resolution in Support of the Preservation of City Parkland (January 23, 2018)

WHEREAS, the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association (BHNA) borders Barton Creek, Zilker Park, Butler Shores and Lady Bird Lake; and

WHEREAS, the City of Austin is a rapidly growing city that is suffering a serious shortage of green space and of public parkland; and

WHEREAS, City of Austin staff has been investigating the use of city parkland for a private soccer stadium; and

WHEREAS, Butler Shores is an iconic site at the confluence of Barton Creek and the Colorado River; and

WHEREAS, Butler Shores is an integral part of the South Shore public park system;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the BHNA supports the preservation and public use of existing public parkland at Butler Shores and throughout the park system; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the BHNA opposes the use of public parkland for the use of a professional soccer stadium or for other commercial purposes; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the BHNA asks the Austin City Council and city staff to eliminate from consideration the use of public parkland for the purpose of building a soccer stadium; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the BHNA specifically opposes the use of public parkland at Butler Shores and at Roy G. Guerrero Park for the purposes of a professional soccer stadium; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Barton Hills residents support the establishment of a Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Austin provided that no public parkland is used for a stadium or related facilities; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the BHNA, through its president and its elected officers, makes the content of this resolution known to the Austin City Council, to city staff and to other relevant parties.

This resolution was passed unanimously by the BHNA membership at its January 23, 2018, membership meeting.

Mark Gentle, President
Barton Hills Neighborhood Association


Jan. 23 General Meeting Agenda

NOTE: No dinner will be served prior to the meeting.

Meeting Agenda – January 23, 2018

1. Meeting Convenes – 7pm

2. Brief Announcements
– Welcome new members

3. Approval of Minutes

4. Treasurer’s Report

5. President position – discussion, possible election/affirmation

6. Neighborhood Committee Reports

– Neighborhood Park Improvement – Melissa Hawthorne
– Greenbelt Guardians – Glee Ingram/Stan Ostrum
– Area Development – Peter Hess with Ann Kitchen, Butler Park proposed soccer stadium

7. Main Presentation – approximately 7:45pm

Oak Wilt Report – Keith Babberny, C.O.A. Arborist, Urban Forestry

8. Robert E. Lee Tributary Cleanup EffortsGail Roth

7. Meeting Adjourns


2017 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. 2 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 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, or at the south gate entrance on Robert E. Lee. The southgate 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.
  • 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

  • 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. 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. They will be removed.
  • Restricted parking areas are prohibited parking areas for all persons.
  • Immobilized cars should be moved out of restricted parking areas.
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