We’ve scheduled a special meeting of the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association on Tuesday February 28, 2023 at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall at St. Mark’s to discuss the proposed Zilker Park Vision Plan, and consider and vote on the attached resolution. Please plan to attend if you can.

This is a huge issue that has the potential to affect everyone in the neighborhood, regardless of whether or not you use Zilker Park on a regular basis. Our discussion got off to a good start at our January meeting, but we didn’t have enough time to cover everything, and we also didn’t have a resolution prepared yet. Larry Akers and David Weinberg have been hard at work since then, and the attached draft is the product of their efforts.

Please review it, discuss it, and comment on it here. We realize there are a lot of diverse opinions on this subject but hope we can reach a consensus that will provide feedback to the planners that will reflect what is important to as many of us as possible.

We don’t call special meetings very often, but the Vision Plan is currently making its way through the various city boards and commissions, and we really need to provide our input before the next BHNA membership meeting in April.


Stan Ostrum
BHNA VP and Acting President


Greenbelt Guardians logoNeighbors,

Please join the Greenbelt Guardians for our spring workday on Saturday February 25th, 2023, from 9:00 until 12:00 at the Homedale entrance behind Barton Hills Elementary.

Once again, we’re working a week before the Austin Parks Foundation’s spring It’s My Park Day event on March 4th in order to do invasives removal before the March 01 deadline that marks the start of golden-cheeked warbler nesting season. (We aren’t allowed to disturb vegetation on the greenbelt between March 01 and September 01.)

Our focus will be on removing invasive plants, primarily ligustrum and nandina. We’ll be working in the same area that we worked last November – along the main greenbelt trail across the creek and downstream by Campbell’s Hole. We’ll also pick up any trash in the area. There will be tasks for all ages and abilities. Breakfast tacos will be provided, courtesy of the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association.

Please send me an email to sign up to volunteer. We look forward to seeing you!


Stan Ostrum
Greenbelt Guardians Coordinator


Join us for our first meeting of 2023


Here’s the agenda for our first BHNA meeting of 2023 next Tuesday night at St. Mark’s. We have a lot to cover, including discussions on the Brodie Oaks PUD and the Zilker Park Vision Plan, two issues that both have large potential impacts on our neighborhood. Please make plans to join us if you can.

Our new city councilperson, Ryan Alter, is expected to attend. We’ll also have officers from APD to give an update on neighborhood crime and policing.

Please note that we are NOT providing dinner during the 6 – 7 PM social hour, just some light snacks. Interest in dinner before our meetings has been on the decline for a long time. We usually end up losing money and having leftover food to deal with. It usually gets donated to either the fire station or a homeless camp. That isn’t a bad thing, but it’s a lot of extra work. If anyone wants something more substantial to eat, please feel free to bring and consume it.

We are looking at having child care (provided by teachers from St. Marks) available during our meetings. Please let us know if this is something that you would take advantage of. If there’s enough interest, we’ll try to start this service at our next meeting in April.

I think that’s all for now. We hope to see lots of you on Tuesday.

Thanks and have a good weekend,

Stan Ostrum



Tuesday January 24, 2023
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall

6:00 Social hour and snacks

7:00 Call to order

7:05 Introductions and announcements
Ryan Alter, District 5 City Councilperson
2023 BHNA Executive Committee

7:10 Approval of Oct 2022 meeting minutes

7:12 Treasurer’s report – Pat Whiteside

7:15 Committee reports
Oak Wilt – Jorjanna Price
Greenbelt Guardians – Stan Ostrum
Emergency Preparedness – Craig Smith

7:25 APD Officers Garvey and Almedia
Brief update on neighborhood crime and policing

7:35 New business
Annual donation to St. Mark’s – Stan
BHE Community Park maintenance – Melissa Hawthorne

7:45 Brodie Oaks PUD discussion – Peter Hess and Melissa Hawthorne

8:20 Zilker Park Vision Plan discussion – Melissa Hawthorne

8:55 Adjourn

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