2016 Trail of Lights Information


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

Neighborhood wide no parking signage will be installed before the event. The signs will NOT be actively enforced by patrols, but should be adhered to in all locations. APD will be actively ticketing and towing this year in all signed no parking areas on EVENT DAYS!

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.

Zilker Park And Barton Springs Pool Details

  • Barton Springs Pool is open AT ALL TIMES during normal hours. Drive-in access and ADA parking to the pool during road closure times via Mopac and Andrew Zilker on the WEST side of the park, or at the south gate entrance on Robert E. Lee. The southgate parking areas will be closed to all event attendees and staffed by security.
  • Zilker Park – Rugby Field, Picnic Areas, parking lots, playscape (South of Barton Springs Road)
  • Open to drive in traffic daily until roads close (to allow cars to be removed safely before patrons arrive).
  • The entire upper area of the Great Lawn will remain open. In addition, Auditorium Shores and Butler Park will be open at all times for park users.

Neighborhood Patrol  – Dedicated Neighborhood ROVING Patrol 

  • 4 officers and 1 sergeant – Roving 5 pm until approximately 10 pm daily. This dedicated unit will be roving and responding to issues/concerns throughout the impacted neighborhoods.

Neighborhood Call-In Line

  • Call-In Line: 512-970-8891, or 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. Some neighbors may permit people to block their OWN driveway.
  • Illegal vending/sales questions in the immediate festival area.

Helpful 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.
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Dear Greenbelt Guardian volunteer,

We’re really late getting a notice out this time, but we have another workday coming up in 2 weeks and need your help.

We’ll be working on Saturday November 5th, 9:00 – 1:00 at the Gus Fruh access as part of the Austin Park Foundation’s new fall It’s My Park Day event. We’ll be doing trail repairs, building rock steps, removing invasives, trimming and weeding, and picking up trash.

If you’re available to work with us that day, please go to the APF GetPulse website and register online for our project here.

We redid our website recently (www.greenbeltguardians.org) and are committed to keeping it current, so check it out when you have a chance.
Looking forward to a good workday on Nov. 5 and hoping that you can join us!

Stan and Glee



Oct. 25 BHNA General Meeting Agenda


Hi Neighbors,

Below is the agenda for the BHNA meeting coming up in two weeks on October 25th. Of note we will have the project directors of the traffic calming/bike lane projects speaking as a follow up to the project. We will also have a representative from the new Bluebonnet Studio apartment talking about their completed affordable housing apartment at South Lamar and Del Curto.

Last but not least, it will be elections for the 2017 BHNA executive committee. At this point we have the Vice President and Austin Neighborhood Council positions open.

This is your chance to become involved in our neighborhood and continue to make it the best in Austin. We have a very politically active and progressive neighborhood, and a great group of people on the executive committee working for the neighborhood. For all of those who feel things should or could be different, this is your chance to contribute and help direct the future of our neighborhood. Step up to the plate and join us. It is painless !!!

See you on the 25th!

BHNA President


Barton Hills Neighborhood Association

Meeting Agenda – October 25, 2016

1. Meeting Convenes

2. Brief Announcements

  • Welcome new members

3. Approval of Minutes

4. Treasurer’s Report

5. ANC Report– Kay Killen

  • vote on ANC agenda item

6. BHNA Elections for 2017

7. Neighborhood Committee Reports:

  • Neighborhood Park Improvement – Roy Smithers
  • Greenbelt Guardians – Stan Ostrum
  • Traffic Calming – Vanessa Gonzalez

8. Traffic Calming/Bike Lane Wrap Up – 8pm

  • COA Transportation: Laura Dierenfield and Mike Schofield

9. Foundation Communities: Nancy Maclaine

  • Discussion about Bluebonnet Studios

10. Meeting Adjourns

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