2014 ACL Festival Neighborhood Information

Music lovers from Austin and around the world will descend upon Zilker Park for ACL Festival the weekends of October 3-5 and 10-12 this year. With average daily attendance of 75,000 people, this event has a significant impact upon our neighborhood. Below is useful information provided by the City of Austin to help you be prepared.

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Event Details and Closure Periods

Load in commences Sept. 22
Stratford Road closed Sept. 24-25
Concert schedule Oct. 3-5, 11 AM-10 PM daily
Roads/Park South opens Oct. 6-9 (see details below)
Concert schedule Oct. 10-12, 11 AM-10 PM daily
Stratford Road closed Oct. 14-15, 7 AM-10 PM
Load out ends Oct. 17
Park maintenance Oct. 18-26 (minimum anticipated)


Zilker Park Open Areas And Barton Spring Pool Details

  • OPEN AT ALL TIMES – Barton Springs Pool is open AT ALL TIMES during normal hours. During concert days preferred close in parking is protected at the south gate lot off Robert E. Lee for pool swimmers. This includes ADA accessible parking.
  • CLOSED ON EVENT DAYS ONLY – Zilker Park – Rugby Field, parking lots, playscape, polo field.
    – Open weekdays until 10 pm Thursday night before each concert these spaces will be open. Expect higher traffic on Thursdays.
    – Austin Nature and Science Center and Zilker Botanical Gardens are ONLY closed on the Friday-Sunday concert period.


  • Auditorium Shores Middle Lawn, and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.

Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol

  1. 10 officers and 1 sergeant – Roving 10 am until approximately 11 pm daily. This dedicated unit will be roving and responding to issues/concerns throughout the impacted neighborhoods.
  2. 2 APD Officers (on Bikes) in the Barton Creek Greenbelt, 12pm-8pm

Neighborhood Call-In Line – 512-646-0909

  • 10 am – approximately 11 pm Friday-Sunday (everyone’s call-in number)

Low Flying Aircraft

FAA low flying aircraft information. The San Antonio Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) is the office that would take complaints about safety violations. That number is (800) 292-2023.

The FAA does not, however, take calls regarding nuisance complaints. Nuisance/aircraft noise complaints would go to the Aviation Department. Stephen Dick Stephen.dick@austintexas.gov would be the point of contact for those. Number is (512) 530-5541.

Parking Restriction Signage

NO PARKING SIGNAGE will be installed earlier due to the increase in restricted parking areas, as well as allowing for time for corrections prior to the event commencing. These signs are valid upon installation, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE SIGNAGE.

Helpful Tip: Want to save parking near your house? Put your vehicle curbside, in the unsigned area of the road! Remember to face the correct direction of travel! Then your guests can use your driveway!

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 Neighborhood 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: 512-646-0909, or 311


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Greenbelt Guardians Workday Sept. 27

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Greenbelt Fans,

We will have the opportunity to tend to our adopted Homedale trail area of the Greenbelt this coming Saturday, 9-27, starting at 8:30 am and working until noon.

We will be working in teams, from the entry trail head, to the rock flats and creek beds, and along a wooded auxiliary trail. Our focus will be on trail maintenance and repair, invasives management, and trash clean-up.

As is the tradition, the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association helps energize our work by funding tacos, and we provide team leaders and tools to execute the work. We hope to see lots of our neighbors out on the trail working with us! To register, go to the website www.austinparks.org/ and click on the tab for Public Lands Day.

Remember to wear closed toed shoes, long pants, bring a water bottle, and dress appropriately for the weather. We will provide tools, gloves, and water, but if you have favorite work gloves or tools, please bring them too.

In case of rain, projects will start one hour late. If rain persists, projects will begin at their original start time on Sunday.

Hope to see you on the trail!

Glee Ingram
Greenbelt Guardians Coordinator
(512) 441-3278



National Night Out is Tuesday, October 7.  This is a time to turn on the outside lights, get together with neighbors to show your support for the elimination of crime in your neighborhood.  7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, residents are asked to turn on their porch lights, lock their doors and spend the evening outside with their neighbors, police officers, EMS, and firefighters.

Barton Hills has many traditional gatherings on this night.  Check out your street to see if there is a party planned.  To get a head start, join the Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Office and other community partners for the 31st Annual National Night Out kickoff celebration on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mueller Airport Lake, 4550 Mueller Blvd (May show up on GPS as 4550 Mueller Central.)

The free event will have food, games, booths and live music by The Peterson Brothers Band. Additionally, this kickoff event will be a great opportunity for neighborhoods to “Stock Your Block” with informational pamphlets and brochures for National Night Out block parties on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014.

Barton Hills residents are always supportive of crime prevention efforts.  Make this year the biggest Night Out ever.

John Luther
BHNA Neighborhood Watch Program

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