Annual July 4 Parade Changes

Hi Neighbors,

I am writing to let you know that the BHNA has decided to have the 4th of July parade procession down Barton Hills Drive, as is our annual tradition, but we decided not to do the official after parade party at the elementary school basketball court.  

This is done as a safety precaution for all residents, as while most people have been vaccinated for covid, or at least around 50% according to city and county records, we think it is better to be safe than sorry, especially since the younger kids under 12 do not have vaccine availability and protection.  

We plan on having Austin Fire Station 11 lead the procession, and Travis County District 5 Constables provide parade route security, and of course we strongly encourage the usual decoration of bikes and wagons, and if you have patriotic garb please wear it!   If people want to do an unofficial gathering at the basketball courts to visit with their neighbors, by all means bring a chair and perhaps a cooler with some water/beverages as of course it should be hot then.   

We certainly hope you understand the situation.  I will post more parade details the week before the parade, as far as the gathering time/location and start time.  Feel free to shoot me any questions or comment … if they are nice!!

Hope to see everyone there!

David Poisson
BHNA Recording Secretary and 4th of July Parade Coordinator.


2020 Trail of Lights Information

The City of Austin has provided us with the information below since the annual Trail of Lights at Zilker Park significantly affects access to our neighborhood.

Unlike recent years, Trail of Lights 2020 will be a drive through ONLY experience. November 29– January event nights, closed on nights for the STARS Program, and on Christmas Eve/Day, and New Year’s Day.

As such, all the normal road closures will not be in effect. From November 29th to January 3rd, Toomey, Sterzing, and Barton Springs Road will NOT be closed for Trail of Lights.

Enclosed vehicles only will queue up along Stratford from Red Bud/Lake Austin area for entrance into the Trail and no walk-ins will be allowed. Vehicles will be required to have advance passes. For safety, there are no on-site admission sales, and no viewing areas of the site from the roadway or park. Therefore, no parking will be necessary for Trail-goers.

Interactive park access and site map: 
Google Maps of Trail of Lights Access Information

2020 Zilker Holiday Tree

Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 29, 6 pm – Zilker Holiday Tree Lighting – Virtual Ceremony

  • Austin Parks and Recreation YouTube Channel
  • ATXN Online Channel 1, or Channel 3 Spanish subtitles
  • Facebook – Zilker Holiday Tree
  • ATXN TV channels
    o Spectrum–Channel 6 (10.6 without a cable box)
    o Grande Communications – Channel 6 (119.6 without a cable box) 
    o AT&T U-Verse–Channel 99
  • To promote public safety, there are no on-site viewing and gathering options.

Tree Viewing

To ensure public safety and the health of our community the follow will be in place for 2020 after careful discussion with the City of Austin Health Authority.

No food/beverage or other concessions are on site or allowed on site. Parking lots near the Zilker Holiday Tree will be closed.

  • The park space near and directly under the Zilker Holiday Tree will be closed.
  • The public may view the Zilker Holiday Tree from their vehicle while driving through (excludes November 29 and December 31 when park roads near the tree will be closed)
  • Gatherings and on site viewing under the tree will not be available.

Download this information as a PDF document:
Neighborhood Flyer
Trail of Lights Calendar

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October 20 General Meeting Cancelled

Due to social distancing requirements in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our regular quarterly meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, October 20, 2020 has been cancelled.

At this time a new date has not been set as we await further developments. Watch this site and the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association email list for updates.

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