Thank you to our donors for your Amplify Austin donation to Balcones Park!

Our team wanted to say a huge thank you to you for helping make our Amplify Austin Fundraiser so successful! In just two days, we had over 51 supporters like yourself help us raise over $7,500 to help us work towards getting much needed bathroom improvements at our beloved Balcones Park. We are truly inspired by the number of you who showed up for us this year by donating and sharing our message with your networks.

Friends of Balcones Park and Milwood Neighborhood Assoc wouldn’t be the same without the amazing folks like you that support our work. We are so grateful for your commitment to keeping our little neighborhood improving and we are off to a great start to getting our bathroom improvements underway. We look forward to continuing to work towards this goal until it is realized.

We will continue to fund raise for this project. If you should be able to help donating is simple, just choose from the options below. Every penny will go toward the Balcones Park Project and once we raise $24,000 we will try to leverage that amount with grants and get our newest goal of improving the park’s and pool’s bathrooms! (Please consider making larger donations via check to save the cost of fees.)

Note: Many employers offer a donor matching program, so you can double your donation by giving through your company to Austin Parks Foundation – Balcones Park but please email us so we can make sure the funds get to Balcones Park.

  • Click the button below to securely donate to the Balcones Park Improvement Project. (If you are donating $50+ please add your address in the comments field, so we can deliver a yard sign to you.)
  • OR Mail a check to MNA (if possible please also include the Park Donor Form)
    Milwood Neighborhood Association (Co-Adopters of Balcones Park)
    P.O. Box 81224
    Austin TX, 78708-1224
  • OR We are happy to arrange a face to face drop off. Just email or call 512-636-9176If you have any questions or technical problems, please feel free to contact us.
    Other Options to Donate include:

With gratitude,
Friends of Balcones Park & Milwood Neighborhood Association

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An It’s My Park Day Thank you!

Another Successful It’s My Park Day!

Thank you to all of the volunteers that came out and helped beautify our park!

And A BIG Thanks to Erik Harris who manages this event year after year for our park!


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Donate to Balcones Park through Amplify Austin March 1st thru 2nd to help improve bathrooms!

Donate Now to help us Improve our Park and Pool bathrooms at Balcones Park through Amplify Austin! And as a bonus Austin Parks Foundation will match the first $3,500!

Click Here to Donate or Learn More:

Please share to family and friends and fellow park users!

This year we hope to try and make improvements to the bathrooms on both the park side and the pool side. We are excited that this benefit will enable us to better serve pool guests during the summer as well as park users year-round.

Ideally we would raise enough to replace the toilets, sinks, and lighting fixtures but if not we will do the most with what we receive – starting with the park bathrooms since they are used year round! If we surpass our goal, any additional funds would be used to make additional improvements to lifeguard hut, showers, and doors.

Please help us by making a donation!

Our park is well loved and the new playground and relatively new pool shade has been great in bringing people to our park. These additional Bathroom Improvements would go a very long way in increasing the enjoyment of park users as well so we are hopeful that we can make it happen! Thank you!!

A special Thanks to Austin Parks Foundation and PARD for their continued support of our park!

See pictures of project here.

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March 4, 2023 – Mark your calendars for It’s My Park Day!

Please save the date of Sat. March 4th from 9am-12noon to help clean up and care for Balcones Park. There will be projects for all ages including:

1- Cleanup litter in Balcones Park, along trails and in creek greenbelt.

2- Trail maintenance/erosion repairs – Creekside Trail & NCWT near bridge

3 – Tree weeding around parking lot

4 – Native wildflower and grass Seeding (along paved trails and butterfly meadow

5 – Invasive Species Removal

Sign up here – Balcones Spring Clean

If you would like to help lead a work group, please let us know!

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Swim Lessons and Swim Team Registration is Open for Balcones Pool

Swim Team and Swim Lesson Registration for Balcones Pool is OPEN!

Swim Team dates and times haven’t been finalized yet, so the registration is a little unclear.

The Swim Lessons are in 2 week groups and range but last year were every Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri for 30 minutes and at a great price! 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)

To Register go to & choose the Aquatics box in the first row of pics:


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Become a Lifeguard at Balcones Pool or another Austin City Pool!

The City is desperately low on lifeguards this year and pools opening times and days will be affected as a result if we can’t resolve it. So please share and encourage! Thanks!
Be an Austin Lifeguard for $16/hr!
Up to $1250 in bonuses for staff who meet the criteria
How to become an Austin Lifeguard?
1. Apply Now!
The Aquatic Division’s hiring process is simple. All applicants need to complete an online application through the City of Austin Jobs website. Applicants must be 15 years of age or older. Follow us on Facebook for the latest information.
Instructions for Applying Online(PDF):…/FY21_Instructions%20for…
2. Get Hired!
Training classes are available throughout the year! Complete your paperwork and see our training schedule below to find out when you can get certified.
The Aquatic Division conducts trains and hires staff year-round. After submitting an online application, you should receive an email from the Aquatic Division within 48-72 business hours. This email will contain all additional paperwork and information necessary to get trained and get hired. You must submit all paperwork and employment verification documents in order to register for a Lifeguard class. Should you have questions, you can call 512-974-9330 Monday through Friday, 8AM-5PM or email us at
3. Get Trained!
The Aquatic Division takes lifeguard training and certification seriously. Classes are offered for first-time lifeguards, returning lifeguards that need re-certification, and lifeguards that are interested in becoming an instructor. StarGuard Elite classes are available for applicants of the City of Austin only and this certification is valid only at City of Austin pools.
Scholarships are available for training classes for those who qualify. For more information, download our Aquatic Scholarship form here: English(PDF) | Spanish(PDF) or check out the Austin Parks and Recreation Youth Program Scholarships.
2021-2022 Training Calendar is posted now. Please see the links below for a schedule of trainings. You must complete the application and hiring paperwork before registering for a class. If you haven’t already, apply now!
Lifeguard Certification Schedule(PDF):…/FY22-Full%20Class…
Lifeguard Instructor Course Schedules – LGI classes are available to current employees with Lifeguarding experience. Please talk with your supervisor for more information.
StarGuard Water Safety Educator – We also teach swim lessons and water safety! Water Safety Educator classes are also available to all City of Austin Aquatics employees.
4. Get Working!
Once you have completed steps 1-3, you’re almost ready to start saving lives. You will be contacted to sign up for scheduling and to attend your first inservice training, so find out what pool is closest to you!
Bonus Details:
Lifeguard and Aquatic Temp Jobs
Signing Bonus of $500 to be paid mid-season to lifeguards and temporary aquatic staff who:
Are trained and ready to work by June 6
Completion Bonus of $500 to be paid at the end of the season for lifeguards and temporary aquatic staff who meet both of the following criteria:
Work 15 hours the last week of summer (August 7- August 13, 2022)
Are available to work on Sunday, August 14 (AISD classes begin on Monday, August 15)
Advanced Certification Bonus of $250 for any lifeguard who obtains one of the following:
Advanced certification of Open Water Lifeguarding
Swim Instructor Certifications
Lifeguard Instructor
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New Playground & Pavilion at Balcones Park Opens May 1

We are so very excited to announce that Balcones Park’s new playground and pavilion will be opening on Saturday, May 1!!!

It has been a much anticipated venture and we are so thrilled to see how it turned out!

A Big Thanks to PARD staff, especially Charles Mabry! A big thanks to Neal Charles, Kim Gilbertson, Kristine Street for helping us work through all the designs, surveys and more! A big thanks to Council Member Pool for helping us be heard! A big thanks to all the wonderful neighbors who donated money, talent, opinions and time! A big thanks to Meg Davis, Bethany Metzger and Johanna Hedges who worked on the original grant!

A big thanks to Erik Harris who works tirelessly to be our park’s hero!









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Sign up published for March 7, 2020, It’s My Park Day

Dear Neighbors, please consider coming out and to help clean up and maintain Balcones Park trees, trails and landscaping.

Date/Time – Saturday March 7, 2020 9AM -12 Noon

Here is the link to sign up: Balcones Park Cleanup, Beautification and Trail Work

Here are some of the projects we will be taking on:

-Trash Clean up throughout park and greenbelt
-Weed and mulch planted trees in main park area (by pool, basketball court, parking lot.)
-Rebuild berms to prevent erosion of trail from pool area to Duval access to Creekside trail
-Clear out underbrush from Heritage Oak at Ballfield area.
-Trail maintenance – repair erosion along creekside trail, remove rock from creekside trail, remove old t-posts, etc.
-Reconnect singletrack trail to new paved trail and block erosion prone access points
-Pool bathhouse planting (spread S. Coccinea seed, other shade tolerant wildflowers)
-Invasive species removal (Ligustrum, Chinaberry, Nandina, Johnsongrass)

Want to help more? As always we are in need of additional team leaders to help manage individual projects. No experience necessary, just an hour or so of advanced coordination to make things go smoothly of the day of the event. Please Contact Erik if you are interested!

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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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