Greenbelt Guardians work days scheduled

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The first day of fall is just around the corner (Monday September 23rd is the autumnal equinox), but it sure doesn’t feel like summer is almost gone.  We have two workdays coming up soon, Saturday September 28th is National Public Lands Day and Saturday November 2nd is the Austin Parks Foundation’s fall It’s My Park Day.  Hopefully we’ll have some rain and cooler temperatures before then, if not by the end of September then certainly by the time November rolls around.

On Saturday Sept 28, we’ll be working at the Gus Fruh access from 9:00 until 12:00, doing some repairs and cleanup that are still leftover from the big flood we had this spring. The main task will be to rebuild and refurbish the steps on the far side of the creek that were rearranged by the flood.  We’ll be moving big rocks, small rocks, and buckets of gravel, so expect a good workout. There’s also a lot of trimming that needs to be done and a few trail repairs on this side of the creek.  We also plan to do some removal of invasive plants, clear some flood debris, and pickup any trash in the area. 

Please send an email to if you’re able to join us to work at Gus Fruh on Saturday Sept 28th.

On Saturday Nov 02, we’ll be working at the Homedale Access and we plan to focus on the removal of invasive plants in the area, primarily ligustrum and nandina.  We’ll also do some trail repairs, patch a small section of rock wall that got damaged in the floods near the footbridge by the flats, pickup trash, and cleanup graffiti in the area.

Registration for It’s My Park Day will be via the APF’s GivePulse system later this month.  We’ll send out a reminder when registration is open, but please go ahead and save the date on your calendar.

Thank you all for your ongoing support!

Stan and Glee
Greenbelt Guardians


City warning about Lady Bird Lake water

Image by Deborah Jackson from Pixabay 

The City of Austin has requested we pass along the following information:

As you may know, the City of Austin is advising that people and animals not drink water or expose themselves for extended periods of time to Lady Bird Lake water until further notice.

Please post and distribute the attached fliers appropriately to help amplify the message. (English-Spanish / Simplified Chinese-Vietnamese)

Testing on the water is being conducted. Until we have test results, the City strongly advises that everyone minimize their exposure to Lady Bird Lake water.  As a reminder, it is illegal to swim in Lady Bird Lake. At this time, we have no reason to believe that boating is unsafe. When out on the lake, people should limit direct contact with the water to include accidental ingestion.

Lady Bird Lake is not a drinking water source, this issue is not affecting Austin’s drinking water supply.

For more information, you can go to or call 3-1-1.


July 23 General Meeting Agenda

The Executive Committee of the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association invites you to our next Association meeting to be held at St. Mark’s Church on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 – please see the agenda below for details.


July 23, 2019
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall

6:00 Social Hour, dinner from Torchy’s Tacos, $10

7:00 Call to Order

7:05 Approval of January Meeting Minutes

7:10 Treasurer’s Report

7:12 Committee Reports

7:20 Presentation of Angela Richter, Executive Director of Save Barton Creek; including remarks from Abel Porras, City of Austin and Christy Muse of Shield Ranch

7:40 Keith Babberney, City of Austin Certified Arborist to discuss Oak Wilt and Neighborhood Assessment

8:10 Adjourn

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