2015 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 Zilker Park and involves nightly closure of Barton Springs Road from Dec. 5 through Dec. 22, 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.

Web Links


  • Dec. 4, 7:30-10 PM – Preview Party (sponsored event), Stratford closed.
  • Dec. 5, 7:30-10 PM 5K Run, road closures begin at 3 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 6-7, 7-10 PM – Private, Neighborhood night, childrens’ charities, Stratford closed.
  • Dec. 8-10, 7-10 PM – Public Free Night, one lane closure on Barton Springs begins at 4 PM, ends at 11 PM
  • Dec. 11-13, 7-10 PM – Public Free Night, road closures begin at 4 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 14-15, 7-10 PM – Public Free Night, one lane closure on Barton Springs begins at 4 PM, ends at 11 PM
  • Dec. 16-18, 7-10 PM – Public Pay Night, road closures begin at 5:30 PM, end at 11 PM
  • Dec. 19-22, 7-10 PM – Public Pay Night, road closures begin at 4 PM, end at 11 PM

Road closures

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

Shuttle Schedule

Shuttles run Dec. 11-13 and 16-22 from Burger Center and Republic Square Park (see Trail of Lights web site for details)

  • Shuttles depart from 5:30 to 8:30 PM
  • Return shuttles run until 10:30 PM

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


  • 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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BHNA General Meeting Nov. 3



The next BHNA meeting will be on 11/3 at St. Mark’s Church. Dinner will be served starting at 6:00pm. The meeting will start at 7:00pm. Here’s the agenda:

1. Call to order.
2. Brief announcements.
3. Selection of 2016 BHNA Officers.
4. Committee Reports.
5. Presentation from Barton Hills Drive Traffic Calming Committee.
6. Presentation from City of Austin on Planned Improvements for the Intersection of Barton Springs Rd. and R.E. Lee Dr.
7. Presentation from Council Member Ann Kitchen’s office on potential projects in District 5 to be funded from City’s 1/4 cent Cap Metro funding.
8. New business.
9. Adjourn.

Tom Nuckols
BHNA President


2015 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:

ACL Music Festival will take place over two consecutive weekends: Friday, October 2nd at 11am to Sunday, October 4th at 10pm and Friday, October 9th at 11am to Sunday, October 11th at 10pm. The overall footprint of the event has not changed. Please see the map on the following page for closures. Preparatory closures are beginning the Friday before and will remain in place until the Monday after the festival.

Barton Springs Pool is open AT ALL TIMES during normal hours. During festival days parking is protected at the south gate lot off Robert E. Lee for pool swimmers. In addition, Auditorium Shores will be open at all times for general and off-leash use.

Zilker Park, and all Austin parks, are non-smoking venues. Festival patrons will be directed to smoke outside the festival gates on the street. All passholders will be allowed to exit and re-enter the Festival grounds during the event. If you choose to smoke outside of the Festival, be mindful and responsibly discard cigarettes.

This year Barton Springs Road will be closed on festival show days to all vehicle traffic starting at Sterzing Street. Cars will be able to make a u-turn on Barton Springs Road OR turn right onto Sterzing Street 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 Robert E Lee and Barton Springs Road.

Sept. 21 – Oct. 24, closed to the public Oct. 16, festival load out ends
Oct. 19 – 23, park maintenance

at Nature Center Dr & Barton Springs Rd

Sept. 23 & 24, 7:00am – 10:00pm daily
Oct. 2 12:01am – Oct. 5 3:00am
Oct. 9 12:01am – Oct. 12 3:00am
Oct. 13 & 14, 7:00am – 10pm daily

at Sterzing St & Rollingwood Dr

Oct. 2 12:01am – Oct. 5 3:00am
Oct. 9 12:01am – Oct. 12 3:00am

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.

Due to the increase in restricted parking areas, appropriate signage will be installed earlier, as well as allowing for time for corrections prior to the event commencing.

These signs are valid upon installation. Please adhere to the signage. The restricted parking area signage will stay UP between weekends. They remain valid during this time period.

Neighborhood Call-In Line — 512-806-7906
Noise Complaints — Call the neighborhood call-in line, or 311.
Festival Questions — info@aclfestival.com

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