We Need Help with Mulching at Zilker

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As you may have heard in the news, the Parks Department has removed 50 dead trees in the Zilker Park Polo Fields Area. In efforts to make sure that the remaining 500 plus trees (mostly live oaks) in the area survive, the City is launching the Zilker Tree Rescue Project, which will bring arborists performing tree treatments.  The Austin Parks Foundation …

Volunteer for National Trails Day at Barton Creek – 6/5 9 am to noon

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This year, we’ll be focusing much of our activity on the trail that begins at Zilker Access, located in Zilker Park next to the Zilker Hillside Theatre and Barton Springs Pool.  We will have additional volunteer projects at the Gus Fruh and Homedale access trails as well. The primary focus will be trail surface work along portions of the first …

Zilker Hillside Theatre Working Progressing

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Thanks to volunteers leadership of John Faulk, Zilker Theatre Productions, The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Dept and funding from a number of donors, including, yes, the Austin Parks Foundation’s park grants program. the Hillside Theatre is going to be a lot more friendly with better accessible sidewalks and seating areas in front of the stage.  Still more work …

Zilker Great Lawn is open

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After a press event for the Zilker Medians Project – the rejunvenated and replanted center medians of Barton Springs Road from S. Lamar Blvd to Barton Creek, I went over and checked out the reopened Great Lawn. No, its not as green as it was, but despite the cooler weather, it is greening up nicely.  There are a few muddy …

Waiting On A Sunny Day…

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The sun beginning to break out of the clouds again in downtown Austin as the cool front pushes the storms east. But despite the fact that this continues to postpone work at Republic Square, Barton Creek is amazing with a lot of water flowing downstream, temporarily closing Barton Springs Pool as they continue the big clean-up.  In other news, the …

Zilker Median Billboard Is Up!

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Check out the new billboard up thanking all of the donors for the re-irrigated and planted median on Barton Springs Road from Lamar Blvd. to the bridge over Barton Creek.  A team of volunteers from nearby neighborhoods and local garden clubs raised the funds and worked with the city parks department and transportation department for the revitalization!  A press conference …

Zilker Update 10/6/09

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The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Dept and C3 Presents Inc. announced yesterday that they are keeping the heavy equipment out of the park until the fields dry more before removing the heavy staging and other items.  (When they were setting up for the festival, the organizers put down rubberized mats to protect the grass, which worked quite well, …

Zilker Update

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As folks have no doubt heard, the mud oozed up through the grass at Zilker last Saturday afternoon and evening — the result of a fair amount of rainfall all day Saturday and lots of people at the park.  It was very muddy and wet out at the Festival Saturday night and Sunday.  Both Festival organizer C3 Presents and the …