It’s My Park Day – Sat. Nov. 2, 2019

Please mark your calendar to come out to help restore the park and greenbelt for It’s My Park Day on Sat. Nov. 2, 2019.

Please see the It’s My Park Day page for more info for the Balcones Park Cleanup and Trail Work.

Sign-up HERE It’s My Park Day and get a awesome Free Event shirt.

We hope to see you in the Park!

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Survey Results for Playground and Pavilion

The overwhelming winner was #2!
Click Here for Survey Summary & Individual Results

Thank You for taking the time to once again share your input!

As you can probably see by reviewing the survey results above there are some patterns in the feedback. So we are working with PARD to see if some changes to Playground Option #2 can be made so that we can meet those requests.

Due to demand for contractors, it is looking like the installment will probably begin in Feb or March.

Thank you so much for your time and patience through this process!

Keep Scrolling Down or Click Here for images of the two design options.

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Balcones Park Playground & Pavilion Survey – Final Chance for Input

Take a moment to complete this final survey to vote and provide feedback on the final two options for our Park’s New Playground and Pavilion.

Survey Here

Survey will close Thurs, Oct 3, 2019 so we can compile feedback and get it to PARD asap.

Check out the Park’s most recent E-Newsletter here.

More Info regarding this item:
We are excited to share that PARD is on the final stages of planning our new playground and pavilion for Balcones Park. The General Permit and funding has been approved for the playground and pavilion, so the next steps are finalizing the design, finding the contractor and then starting the build. The goal is to see the build begin before the start of the new year.

So Thank You for taking the time to once again share your input! The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback on two different designs that have been submitted for the playground. One of the two will be chosen for the project. The project location will be in the same location as the current playground and will be a multi-stage build with one of the playgrounds pictured below and pavilion being included in this stage and elements on the hill coming in the future.

So please take a moment and provide us your feedback on these two playground designs. The survey will close on Thurs. Oct. 3, 2019 so please spread it to any and all that you know who use the park, playground or would use the pavilion. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes.

Thank you so much for your time!
Click Below for Bigger File Images. It might take a while to open them.
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option-2
pavilion layout

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Mark Your Calendars for It’s My Park Day at Balcones Park – Sat, Nov 2

IMPD Fall 2019 will be Sat. Nov. 2nd – please consider coming out to help with park maintenance and beautification. It’s also a great way to get to know neighbors and explore the park and greenbelt!

Signup Link will be added here early October or join the Facebook Event to get a reminder.

Projects planned:
-Trash Pickup
-Mulch (just use up what was leftover from Spring
-Erosion Repair along creekside trail and NCWT low water crossing
-Invasive Species removal (Johnson Grass, Ragweed, Chinaberry, Ligustrum)

Optional if we can get more leaders
-landscape the raingarden area by the pool building

Please email balcones_park (a) austinridgeriders.com if you would like to volunteer to lead a project. We can get more work done with a little advance coordination!
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Recycling is at Balcones Park

We are so excited to announce that Balcones Park now has recycling cans! We have gotten rid of the “trash coffins” and replaced them with NEW Recycling and Trash can combos! Thanks to all the donors that donated over the past two years! Thanks also to Austin’s Parks and Rec Dept for helping us achieve this goal!

PLEASE be aware to only throw recycling in the BLUE BINS!

We also have a new water fountain with a dog bowl!

ALSO as a reminder the Poop Dog Bags are NOT compostable or meant to have you bag your dog’s poop and leave it. They need to be placed in the trash/brown bins please. Thank you for helping us keep our park clean!

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Swim Lessons and Swim Team Registration is Open for Balcones Pool

Swim Lesson Registration for Balcones Pool is ALSO Open! The Swim Lessons are in 2 week groups on every Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri for 30 minutes and only $57! Then you can stay and practice what you learn before and after! A great way to get your kids swimming! (Save yourself the headache and do it online)

https://www.austintexas.gov/swimming

https://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Parks/Aquatics/Aquatics_Guide_2019_web.pdf

To Register go to & choose the Aquatics box in the first row of pics: https://web2.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/txaustinwt.wsc/splash.html?InterfaceParameter=WebTrac

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Balcones’ Potluck Pool Party – Sat. June 1 from 12noon-2pm – All Welcome!

Let’s celebrate summer, our pool & great neighbors at Balcones’ Potluck Pool Party
Saturday, June 1 from 12noon to 2pm!

We welcome everyone to bring a main dish, side or dessert to help us make this a complete community gathering!

Thank you to i Fratelli Pizza for generously donating their yummy pizza for the event!!

Please RSVP HERE so we can plan accordingly.
(Please note that we will reschedule in the event of rain so check back or expect an email to the address you RSVPed with.)

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Movie in the Park – THIS Friday, May 24

Come celebrate the end of the school year with the LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part in the park, popcorn and snow cones!!! Come early to play in the park and get your spot. Movie will start at 7:30pm.
facebook link here

Hosted by Shannon Reeve, Realty Austin

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Family Fun Nights this Summer at Milwood Baptist Church on the Cassady/Cabana Corner

Hi all! Milwood Baptist Church is welcoming everyone to join them this summer for Family Fun Nights!

The first is this Saturday Night – May 25 from 6-8pm.

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March 2nd 2019 – Signup for It’s My Park Day!

IMPD Spring 2019 will be March 2nd – please consider coming out to help with park maintenance and beautification. It’s also a great way to get to know neighbors and explore the park and greenbelt!

Signup Link – https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/103251-Balcones-Park-and-Greenbelt

Projects planned:

1) Trash Cleanup throughout park and greenbelt to Mopac and upstream to Dorsett. If you are familiar with the park, please consider leading volunteers to the trash pickup areas

2) Creekside Trail maintenance – remove/relocate fallen branches, move rocks off trail,spread straw and native seeds on the slope along the creekside trail.

3) Planted tree maintenance – weed, mulch, remove t-posts that have fallen, etc. Leaders needed to guide volunteers on proper mulching procedures.

4) Poolhouse landscape maintenance – weed new plantings

5) Patch small area of creekside trail near Duval – we need a hand truck and a couple of strong backs to take the concrete down to the trail. Please let us know if you can help with this!

Please email balcones_park@austinridgeriders.com if you would like to volunteer to lead a project. We can get more work done with a little advance coordination!

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