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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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 nearby Zilker Park and involves intermittent nightly closure of Barton Springs Road from Dec. 3 through Dec. 23, it impacts our neighborhood significantly.

The City has worked closely with our Neighborhood Association to address resident 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 helpful information included below to help you prepare for the Trail of Lights.

Web Links

City Event Web Sites

Helpful Documents

No parking signage

No event parking signs and tow away signs will be installed prior to the event and enforced ONLY during event hours.

Helpful 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.

Park Impact and Access

  • Barton Springs Pool is open at all times.
  • Parking access is via the south gate entrance on Azie Morton Road.
  • OPEN AREAS Zilker Park – Rugby Field, Picnic Areas, parking lots, Playscape (South of Barton Springs Road).
  • Only a portion of the Great Lawn is use for event purposes.
  • In addition, Auditorium Shores and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.

Neighborhood Patrol

  • Dedicated APD officers are patrolling and ticketing in the entire event and surrounding area.

Neighborhood Call-In Line

  • Call-In Line: 311

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. 
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.


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