It’s My Park Day Registration Link is LIVE!!

The It’s My Park Day Registration link is ready: https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/86021-Balcones-Park-and-Greenbelt

Don’t forget to sign up so you can get a shirt and we can get credit towards the grant for your volunteer hours!! Thanks!!

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Mark Your Calendars for It’s My Park Day at Balcones Park – Sat, Nov 3

It’s My Park Day Fall 2018 will be November 3rd – 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!

Projects planned:

1) Trash Cleanup throughout park and greenbelt to Mopac. If we have a really good turnout, we can go beyond Mopac along the creek and shared use path (NCWT)

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.

4) Poolhouse landscape maintenance – weed new plantings, replace/add a few plants, spread out leftover soil

5) Seed wildflowers/native grass in areas disturbed by trail work contractors

6) Patch small area of creekside trail near Duval

Optional if we can get some team leaders:
-hand pull Johnson grass from the side of the NCWT trail near mopac

Please email balcones_park@austinridgeriders.com if you would like to volunteer to lead a project.

A sign up link will be posted in October with more details. BUT until then join the Facebook event to get a reminder as the date approaches.
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Balcones’ Potluck Pool Party – Sat. June 2nd from 12noon-2pm – All Welcome!

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

We welcome everyone to bring a main dish, side or dessert to help us make this a complete community gathering! See you at the pool on Saturday, June 2nd!

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.)

i Fratelli Pizza’s, owner Michael Breen – a park supporter, is graciously providing 30 FREE pizzas for the pool party as well!!
First come, first serve!

Thanks to Walgreens for supplying drinks for the event!

Thanks to Milwood Neighborhood Assoc for covering the expenses of extra lifeguards!


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Balcones Pool opens on June 1, Fri at 12noon-7pm

Balcones Pool is a neighborhood pool located at 12017 Amherst Drive in Austin, Texas. Please note the pool is always closed on Mondays and there is NO entry fee. It is free to all. The pool now also has a substantial shade structure and 6 picnic tables.

Click Here for Info on Swim Lessons for all skills and ages at Balcones Pool! Click Here to Register ONLINE

Click Here to join the Barracudas Swim Team!

Click Here to learn how to become a lifeguard for $13.84+/hr or a pool attendant.

POOL SCHEDULE

June 1 – June 3, 2018

Day Time Type of Activity
Weekdays – Closed on Mondays 12 pm – 7 pm Lap / Recreational Swim
Weekends 12 pm – 7 pm Lap / Recreational Swim

June 4 – July 15, 2018

Day Time Type of Activity
Weekdays – Closed on Mondays 8 am – 10 am Swim Team
10 am – 12:10 pm Swim Lessons
10 am – 11 am Lap Swim
11 am – 8 pm Lap / Recreational Swim
5:50 pm – 8:00 pm Swim Lessons
Weekends 11 am – 8 pm Lap / Recreational Swim

July 16 – August 18, 2018

Day Time Type of Activity
Weekdays – Closed on Mondays 8 am – 11 am Lap Swim
10 am – 12:10 pm Swim Lessons
11 am – 8 pm Lap / Recreational Swim
5:50 pm – 8:00 pm Swim Lessons
Weekends 11 am – 8 pm Lap / Recreational Swim
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April 7, 9am-1pm: Pool Landscape and Trail Workday – Help Needed!

We need about 20 volunteers to help finish the pool landscaping and restore the newly repaired Creekside Trail (see details below).

Here is a link to sign up: https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/73493-Balcones-District-Park-Friends-of-Balcones-Work-Day%21

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Meet the Contractor for Balcones Park Final Trail Completion Portion – Tues, March 6th

Northern Walnut Creek Trail Phase 1A – Meet the Contractor
Date: March 6, 2018
Covenant United Methodist Church
4410 Duval Road, 6:30 p.m.
Austin, Texas 78727

Project Description
This project is the final piece of the Northern Walnut Creek Trail Project that extends from Balcones District Park to Walnut Creek Metropolitan Park. The project will construct approximately 2,030 feet of ten-foot-wide concrete trail with two-foot shoulders from Amherst Drive through Balcones District Park to the existing segment on the south side of the baseball field in the park. It will also include 200 feet of sidewalk, retaining walls to maintain an acceptable slope, storm water facilities to accommodate existing drainage patterns, and will have environmental protections to safeguard existing protected species and sensitive areas.

Project Schedule –The project is anticipated to begin in mid-March and will take about 6 months to complete.

What to expect during construction
–The project staging area will be in Balcones District park off Scribe Lane.
–There are two construction entrances on this project to expedite construction. –The first is off Amherst Drive and the second will be located off Scribe Drive.
–Temporary access to baseball field will temporarily be off Stoney Drive.
–The trail will be closed once construction begins until further notice.

Communication Plan
–Monthly Status Updates via email & Public Works Department website https://www.austintexas.gov/page/walnut-creek-trail-system
–Social media, updates posted as needed on NextDoor and City of Austin Public Works Facebook page

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Support Balcones Park’s Trail Repairs thru Amplify Austin: March 1 at 6pm to March 2 at 6pm

Donate to Balcones Park on or before Fri, March 2nd at 6pm!
And Grow Your Donation!

APF will match 25% of every donation to our park up to the first $2,500! AND Many Big Austin Employers will also match their employee’s donations by 100% so it is a great time to donate and help us reach the needed $9,302!

Click HERE to donate or read more.

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Volunteer at It’s My Park Day – Sat. March 3rd, 10am-2pm at Balcones Park

Please consider joining us and your neighbors to help us make improvements to our beloved Balcones Park! All ages and abilities welcome!

Saturday, March 3rd from 10am-2pm

Sign-up HERE so we will get credit for your volunteer hours towards our Creekside Trail Repair Grant! If spots are full or you forget to sign-up that’s ok come anyway and just check in at the event!

Thanks, Neighbors!!

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Creekside Trail in Balcones Park Closed for Construction as of Jan 31

Construction work is beginning today on the Creekside Trail on the west edge of Balcones Park from Duval overpass to baseball fields, so please plan your route accordingly. It should last approximately 2 months.

This is the result of the grant to get much needed holes repaired on the trail for safety. To learn more about our fundraising needs and volunteer hours needed for this grant visit: click here


An update on the grant fundraising as of 12/20/17, funds raised for the creekside trail repairs grant are now at $2,971, so we are only $6,332 away from what we need to provide our portion of the grant which will cover trail signage, maps, relandscaping of the pool and new trashcans. Want to donate? Look out for our Amplify Austin fundraising event coming up or click here to give today! Every penny you give will be more than doubled through the grant and given to our park improvements.

We are also still in need of approx. 300 volunteer hours in the park so if you can join us for It’s My Park Day on Saturday, March 3rd from 10am to 1pm please do! We will post the registration soon!

Thanks! For questions please contact mnaboard@milwoodna.com

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Volunteers Needed on Saturday Nov. 4 at Balcones Park for It’s My Park Day!

Our Park Chair & Champion, Erik Harris, has another great event planned to help clean up and improve our lovely Balcones Park during APF’s It’s My Park Day – Saturday, Nov. 4th from 10am to 1pm! We will also get credit towards our Trail Grant for each hour worked during this event, so please join us for a few hours and sign up HERE

Erik is also looking for some individuals that are willing to take the lead on certain projects. If you are interested, please email him

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