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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Free Yoga in Balcones Park – Saturdays in October!

It’s Back! Free Yoga in the Park! Every Saturday for the rest of October. The class runs from 9am-10am, and is being offered by CorePower Yoga. Like and Share!
*Simply bring a yoga mat and water if desired. The class takes place in the wooded area near the basketball court.

To join the Facebook event – click here
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Have you visited Balcones Pool yet this summer?

You should! It has new shade, new tables, and now allows food on the picnic tabled areas!

The schedule is here: http://www.austintexas.gov/department/balcones-pool

The pool offers fun, swim classes for all ages, and swim team!

Pool Phone Number: (512) 821-2053

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Join us at the Balcones Pool Party THIS Sat., June 3!

Pool Party at Balcones’ Pool this Saturday, June 3rd to celebrate the new shade and 6 picnic tables! Thanks i Fratelli Pizza for graciously providing the delicious pizza at this event! Thanks Austin Parks Foundation and Austin’s Parks and Rec Dept for these improvements!!

RSVP HERE. Details HERE

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Earth Day Clean-up in Balcones Park – Sat, April 22, 9am

The Friends of Balcones Park are teaming with Austin Parks Foundation to do an Earth Day project on April 22, Saturday, 9am-12noon. Priority 1 -finish clearing debris from the “creekside” trail in the park/greenbelt. We made a good start on this on It’s My Park Day! This work will count towards our grant for repairing the chuckholes in the trail.

If we get done, or have lots of people, we will move down to the creek/greenbelt by Mopac and clean trash.

Note, this is not a kid-friendly project as there will be lots of rocks and large branches to move.

If you are interested, the sign up link is here. https://givepul.se/o21gm

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