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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Reminder: TODAY is the LAST Day to VOTE for the future layout of Balcones Park!

Exercise your right as a stakeholder to be heard! It is important to note that if you voted for a location last Fall that vote does NOT carry over so you need to vote again!

Click here to VOTE

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It’s My Park Day – Rescheduled to THIS Sat. March 11

Due to the rain last Saturday, we were unable to complete the planned projects. We will try to finish the projects this Saturday 3/11 starting at 10 in the following priority

1) Mulching the remaining trees – We need to get the remaining mulch around the trees to suppress weeds and build healthy roots to survive the summer heat!
2) Trail debris clearing
3) Invasive species removal

We will work until around 2 PM, but if even if you can only spare an hour, please consider lending a hand. Thanks and we hope to see you in the park!

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Balcones Park’s Creekside Trail is Approved!!

Our NPP Grant to repair the trail along the creek was APPROVED!!!

Click HERE to join the email list to get updates.

This means the Neighborhood Partnering Program will help us make much needed repairs to our trail! See Details HERE

The current paved trail is getting worse rapidly. In addition there is a endangered Jollyville Salamander’s habitat along the trail and continued erosion might cause the habitat and salamander some problems. We proposed that we fix these issues which would make the trail bike and stroller worthy and once the Connector Trail to Walnut Metro Creek Park is complete it will make for a very nice loop around the edge of Balcones Park.

In order to win this grant we promised to provide 1,522 volunteer hours in the next 2 years and $9,302 in the next 1 year!

Please help us by joining the email list above to follow the trails progress and help us with possibly needed volunteer hours or cash donations.

The Creekside Trail Repairs raised $1,900 in funds during Amplify Austin but still have a little ways to go. If you would like to help us reach our goal and see a beautiful 1+ mile loop be completed around Balcones Park! Click HERE to Donate TODAY!


Or Volunteer Saturday, March 11th from 10am to 2pm at the rescheduled It’s My Park Day!

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VOTE Online for Balcones Park’s Playground, Pavilion, etc!

It takes about 10-20 minutes but we hope you find the time as the decision will work to define our park moving forward. Simply review the details of the schemes HERE then click on the below to vote:

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Rescheduled: It’s My Park Day at Balcones Park – Sat. March 11

We have a fun list of projects for It’s My Park Day – Sat. March 11th!

We will remove invasive species, mulch trees, landscape near the pool bathroom with native plants, remove debris from trails, playscape gravel recovery and more

We hope to see you there!
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Park Survey Results

For those who love the numbers and feedback like we do… Here is the compiled data from the Park Survey that was circulated in 2016 regarding improvements to Balcones Park!

Compiled Data based on Survey Monkey
Data straight from Survey Monkey

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Join us at the Last Community Feedback Meetings for Balcones Park

Our dedicated landscape designers have been working hard using your feedback to come up with two potential site layouts for our new playground and pavilion. Two meetings will be held to discuss in detail both concept plans and gather final feedback on which option our community prefers along with other details. We hope you can join us!

– Thurs., Feb. 9 at 7pm at Milwood Baptist Church
– Sat., Feb. 11 at 10am at Milwood Baptist Church
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RSVP here

If you cannot make one of the meetings, we hope to also make voting available online & at the library, but the meetings do allow for more details viewings, questions and feedback so we highly recommend trying to attend one of the meetings if you can. If you can’t attend, sign up here to get notified about an online survey.

Special thanks to our three amazing designers, Kristy Street, Neal Charles, & Kim Gilbertson, for all of their hard work and dedication to this project. It is very much appreciated!!

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** If you need childcare at this meeting in order to attend, please RSVP and we will see if we can secure some.

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Turn your spare time into cash this summer & get a tan!

Make $13.50/hour as an Austin Lifeguard! Apply today! Must be 15 years or older to apply.

Visit http://www.austintexas.gov/department/lifeguarding-austin for more info.

Spread the word… Let’s help get our city pools staffed so they can be opened for the season!

Check back also for Swim Lessons for all ages at Balcones Pool! And Swim Team!

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A Successful 1st Fall It’s My Park Day at the Park!

Balcones Park got an excellent facelift last Saturday during the 1st ever Fall – It’s My Park Day! A Huge Thanks to Erik Harris, Austin Parks Foundation, Aggies Selflessly Serving In Shaping Tomorrow (ASSIST) who accounted for a majority of our volunteers, Home Depot and i Fratelli Pizza who generously donated their delicious pizza to all of the volunteers!

If you haven’t tried i Fratelli Pizza yet you should! A perfect dinner option while holding your breath over the elections maybe… (512) 795-8744 www.ifratelli.net
(Don’t forget to tell them Thanks for supporting our park when you call!)

We felt very fortunate that the great group of ASSIST traveled all the way from College Station to break a sweat, get soaking wet and dirty to make a difference in our park! A great bunch of students!

The volunteers accomplished improvements along edge of the basketball court, plantings at the bathroom rain garden, trash pickup, debris clearing in the creek, reclaiming of the playground pea gravel and more! We hope you all see the hard work when you are out next enjoying the park! For more pictures go here.

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