The season has turned and it’s time to go love on our greenbelt again! It will be wonderful working in cooler weather. Hopefully there will be some rain before then, to perk up the wilted vegetation. It is amazingly hardy, and usually shows immediate appreciation after rain events.

We are going to work on the Gus Fruh trail this time, located at 2642 Barton Hills Drive. We will begin with sign-ins and task instructions and a jump-start Maria’s taco treat at 9:00, and work until 1:00. We have tasks for all ages and skill levels, and for those who can just stay part-time. We provide all of the necessary tools and supplies. You just need to come wearing proper clothing (long sleeves and pants and closed-toe shoes) and a readiness to team up and work with others who want to give back to the greenbelt.

The wall building crew is avid to continue their work down by the swimming hole. We will need lots of hands there to gather and place and mortar rocks. We also want to gather and stockpile some flat stones that can serve as steppers up a slippery slope (when it’s wet) that connects with the main trail on the other side of the creek from the stone wall. As always, we will be doing ligustrum and nandina removal, and arranging the removed branches and trunks into windrows. The area by the trail entry needs some weeding, and a few of the drain swales along the side of the trail need to be cleared of debris.

The trail resurfacing that we did last spring is holding up very well. Come on out and enjoy a beautiful day in the woods with us.

Please RSVP so we will know how many to prepare for.

Glee Ingram
Greenbelt Guardian Coordinator
(512) 443-7522


Dear Barton Hills residents,

The playground at St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School (2128 Barton Hills Drive) will soon be undergoing renovations to update equipment, improve usability, take greater advantage of the natural amenities, and to bring it up to date with the state of Texas licensing codes.

We are seeking volunteers for this Saturday, August 23, at 9am and on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8:30am to do hand labor, covering some demolition and site clean up. A construction manager will guide us during these volunteer hours. There will be plenty of work to do for all levels of experience.

St. Mark’s has played a role in so many lives here in Barton Hills, through the church and pre-school, as a meeting hall, and a place for our support groups, music and language lessons, and Scout troops. A few hours of your time on either or both of these days will help greatly in getting the job done and in extending the budget this non- profit school has allocated for this initiative.

Please contact me if you plan to come, as we want to plan resources appropriately. Childcare will be provided on both days, as long as you give me advance notice of your attendance.

Thanks so much!
Sarah Boyd


Dear Greenbelt Guardians,

This is a confirmation that we are on “GO” on our trail work day, tomorrow, Saturday, July 19 from 8:00am to noon. We will meet up at the Homedale Trail entry, 2010 Homedale Drive. We will provide all of the work tools, team leaders and tasks, plus energy food and snacks.

Please wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for protection. It would be a good idea to wear a sun hat, and bring a personal water bottle to keep with you. We will have water refills and energy drinks. At this point, we are expecting about 35 people – if you have not yet RSVP’d, please do so quickly so we can assure that we have plenty of supplies and surprises (Austin Parks Foundation is bringing a “thank you” gift for each person that will be the envy of your friends and family…).

We’re looking forward to another great work day – see you there.

Glee Ingram
Greenbelt Guardian Coordinator
(512) 443-7522

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