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)

https://www.austintexas.gov/swimming

https://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Parks/Aquatics/Aquatics_Guide_2019_web.pdf

To Register go to & choose the Aquatics box in the first row of pics: https://web2.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/txaustinwt.wsc/splash.html?InterfaceParameter=WebTrac

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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): https://www.austintexas.gov/…/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 AquaticsOffice@austintexas.gov.
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): https://www.austintexas.gov/…/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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Balcones Park Playground & Pavilion Survey – Final Chance for Input

Take a moment to complete this final survey to vote and provide feedback on the final two options for our Park’s New Playground and Pavilion.

Survey Here

Survey will close Thurs, Oct 3, 2019 so we can compile feedback and get it to PARD asap.

Check out the Park’s most recent E-Newsletter here.

More Info regarding this item:
We are excited to share that PARD is on the final stages of planning our new playground and pavilion for Balcones Park. The General Permit and funding has been approved for the playground and pavilion, so the next steps are finalizing the design, finding the contractor and then starting the build. The goal is to see the build begin before the start of the new year.

So Thank You for taking the time to once again share your input! The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback on two different designs that have been submitted for the playground. One of the two will be chosen for the project. The project location will be in the same location as the current playground and will be a multi-stage build with one of the playgrounds pictured below and pavilion being included in this stage and elements on the hill coming in the future.

So please take a moment and provide us your feedback on these two playground designs. The survey will close on Thurs. Oct. 3, 2019 so please spread it to any and all that you know who use the park, playground or would use the pavilion. The survey should take approximately 5-10 minutes.

Thank you so much for your time!
Click Below for Bigger File Images. It might take a while to open them.
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Mark Your Calendars for It’s My Park Day at Balcones Park – Sat, Nov 2

Click here to learn about IMPD for 2021!

IMPD Fall 2019 will be Sat. Nov. 2nd – 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!

Signup Link will be added here early October or join the Facebook Event to get a reminder.

Projects planned:
-Trash Pickup
-Mulch (just use up what was leftover from Spring
-Erosion Repair along creekside trail and NCWT low water crossing
-Invasive Species removal (Johnson Grass, Ragweed, Chinaberry, Ligustrum)

Optional if we can get more leaders
-landscape the raingarden area by the pool building

Please email balcones_park (a) austinridgeriders.com if you would like to volunteer to lead a project. We can get more work done with a little advance coordination!
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Recycling is at Balcones Park

We are so excited to announce that Balcones Park now has recycling cans! We have gotten rid of the “trash coffins” and replaced them with NEW Recycling and Trash can combos! Thanks to all the donors that donated over the past two years! Thanks also to Austin’s Parks and Rec Dept for helping us achieve this goal!

PLEASE be aware to only throw recycling in the BLUE BINS!

We also have a new water fountain with a dog bowl!

ALSO as a reminder the Poop Dog Bags are NOT compostable or meant to have you bag your dog’s poop and leave it. They need to be placed in the trash/brown bins please. Thank you for helping us keep our park clean!

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Swim Lessons and Swim Team Registration is Open for Balcones Pool

Swim Lesson Registration for Balcones Pool is ALSO Open! The Swim Lessons are in 2 week groups on every Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri for 30 minutes and only $57! 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)

https://www.austintexas.gov/swimming

https://www.austintexas.gov/sites/default/files/files/Parks/Aquatics/Aquatics_Guide_2019_web.pdf

To Register go to & choose the Aquatics box in the first row of pics: https://web2.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/txaustinwt.wsc/splash.html?InterfaceParameter=WebTrac

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