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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Need Your Signature to Help Make Creek Trail Repairs in Balcones Park!

Your Signature is Needed on this Petition to help us get a grant to make much needed repairs to the Walnut Creek Trail that runs on the East side of Balcones Park! It just takes 1 minute! Thanks!

Click HERE to sign the Petition.

More details HERE
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Petition to Help Us Get Walnut Creek Trail Repaired along creek on East side of Balcones Park through an NPP Grant

Click HERE to sign the petition. It only takes 2 minutes.

To review the proposed repairs view this Adobe .pdf document

There are 4 main break downs in the current paved trail and they are getting worse rapidly. In addition one is upstream from the endangered Jollyville Salamander’s habitat and continued erosion might cause the habitat and salamander some problems. We are proposing 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.

Please help us by signing the above petition if you are a stakeholder, user of the park, or resident in north Austin.

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Please Join us for Balcones District Park Community Input Meetings – Sat. Aug 13 or Tues. Aug 16

We hope you can join us at… A COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING FOR BALCONES DISTRICT PARK IMPROVEMENTS

To view the below with graphics click here

About the Project:
Balcones Park has been awarded $200,000 in NPP & APF grants and an additional estimated $300,000 in city funds to make the following improvements to Balcones Park within the next two years.

  • Add shade to the pool
  • Install a pavilion
  • Install a new, larger playground

Due to the large scope of the projects and funding, the city requires a park concept plan with community input before implementing these improvements. We have been very fortunate to have 3 landscape designers, Neal Charles, Kim Gilbertson, and Kristy Street, willing to donate their time to create a concept plan for the park which allows the project to move forward full-steam ahead after we acquire solid feedback from stakeholders, like yourselves.

Community Input:
Community input is imperative in this process! We need your ideas! Please come participate, share your ideas, and help shape our wonderful park. Your input is necessary for creating a long-term vision for our park as well as for solidifying the details of the three large improvements listed above.

Upcoming Input Meeting Dates:

Saturday***, August 13th at 9:30am at Milwood Baptist Church – RSVP now
Tuesday, August 16th at 7:30pm at Milwood Baptist Church – RSVP now

*** Supervised play will be available for children over the age of three at the church’s gated playground for the August 13th meeting. Children are welcome at the meeting as well. Please RSVP above if you plan to have a child attend that needs supervision so we can be certain we can accommodate you.

If you can’t make either of the face-to-face meetings, you can send your input through an online survey, which will be posted shortly. Stay tuned for survey information or send us an email to make sure you are on the email list to receive the survey.

For More Information or to RSVP:
Please contact Meg Davis or Bethany Metzger, Board Members of Milwood NA at 512-636-9176 or by email to balconespark@gmail.com.

For those interested in more details, you can find the full commentary at www.balconespark.org.
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