GREENBELT GUARDIANS WORKDAY AT HOMEDALE ACCESS

As part of the Austin Parks Foundation's 15th annual Spring It's My Park Day event, we will be working at the Homedale Access, located behind Barton Hills Elementary School, on Saturday March 4th from 9:00 to Noon.
 
Volunteers will be weeding and repairing portions of the stone edging on the entry trail, repairing erosion damage on a small section of the entry trail, replacing a section of wood railing, camouflaging some graffiti, and continuing the work of constructing stone underpinning walls to support the wood crossover bridge along the trail. We will also be doing some terracing and stepping stone work near the trail approach to the large stone flats adjacent to Barton creek. And there is always plenty of trash to pick up after the crowds that assemble to enjoy the flowing creek water.

If you're available to work with us on that day, please go to the APF GetPulse website and register online for our project here.

There will be tasks appropriate for a range of ages and skill sets. We provide team leaders and tools needed for all of the tasks.  Volunteers are advised to bring a water bottle and wear long pants and long sleeves and closed-toe shoes.

We're looking forward to a good workday on March 4th and hoping that you can join us!

Our Greenbelt Guardians group has been busy working directly on improvement projects in the greenbelt, as well as becoming engaged as a member of a recently created group called the Violet Crown Stewardship Council.

On Saturday September 24, in honor Of National Public Lands Day, Stan Ostrum and David Poisson worked with a local band called Hikes to do a clean-up project at the Homedale Trail.

Our last major volunteer workday for this year is scheduled for Saturday November 5th. The Austin Parks Foundation is establishing this date as a fall season It's My Park Day. We plan to do a number of improvement projects at the Gus Fruh Access. We hope to see lots of our BHNA members on the trail that day, along with volunteers from around the city. To register, go the Austin Parks Foundation website here and sign up for the Gus Fruh - Barton Creek Greenbelt project.

The Violet Crown Trail is an ambitious undertaking initiated by the Hill Country Conservancy to provide a contiguous, well maintained public walking trail that starts from the trailhead at Zilker Park and follows the Barton Creek Greenbelt almost to MoPac, where it splits off and continues on to Sunset Valley. Eventually it will go on to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and beyond. It was initially called the Walk For a Day Trail, and is intended to provide public access to our uniquely scenic hill country landscapes, which are primarily found on private property.

The Violet Crown Stewardship Council is comprised of numerous City and County department staff which have responsibilities for the Barton Creek Greenbelt (e.g. Parks Department, Fire Department, Watershed Protection, Park Police, and Park Rangers) as well as volunteer stewardship and adopter groups that provide educational and physical maintenance services (e.g. Greenbelt Guardians, Austin Ridge Riders, Trail Safe Austin, and the Trail Foundation). This umbrella organization offers the rare opportunity to break through departmental silos and narrowly framed responsibilities, to come together and resolve issues that require comprehensive resolutions.

We are a group of Barton Hills neighbors and community outdoor enthusiasts who work together to preserve and protect one of our most beautiful and precious natural resources - Barton Creek and the Greenbelt that surrounds it.

We act as caretakers and stewards for the Greenbelt, organizing quarterly volunteer workdays to build and repair trails, remove invasive plant species, pick up trash, and enjoy the pleasure of working side by side with our friends and neighbors who share our love for this unique slice of urban wilderness.


THE BARTON CREEK GREENBELT IS …

  • A city treasure

  • One of the most heavily used parks in Austin

  • Used by a highly diverse group of citizens who come to enjoy this publicly available, urban wild space

  • Our city's antidote to "nature deficit disorder"

  • Helping to keep this rapidly growing urban area healthy and visionary

THE GREENBELT GUARDIAN PROGRAM IS …

  • An expression of the priority that the Barton Hills Neighborhood Association (BHNA) places on the

    protection, health and well-being of the Barton Creek Greenbelt

  • Designed to "preserve and protect the greenbelt", as written into the BHNA's bylaws

  • Supported by a long-term "adopt-a-park" agreement between the City Parks Department and the BHNA

  • Used by our neighborhood and local schools as an educational tool for students

THE GREENBELT GUARDIANS …

  • Maintain and improve trails, steps, retaining walls, and other infrastructure

  • Engage in ecological restoration activities to protect creek water and wildlife diversity

  • Remove invasive plants, restore native vegetation, and manage drainage and erosion problems

  • Offer important inspiration and environmental stewardship lessons to members of our community

THE GREENBELT GUARDIAN PROGRAM HAS …

  • Organized quarterly volunteer work days since 2003, as well as many extra projects

  • Received awards from the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District, the Austin Parks Foundation,

    the City of Austin Parks Department, and the Save Barton Creek Association

  • Collaborated with numerous government agencies, user groups, and other non-profit organizations

  • Built community among Barton Hills neighbors, as well as other outdoor enthusiasts throughout the City