South Zilker Park
South Zilker Park is the portion of Zilker Park bounded by Barton Creek to the north, Azie Morton Rd to the south, Barton Hills Dr to the west, and and Barton Springs Rd to the east. There is a small creek that parallels the sidewalk on the north side of Azie Morton Rd. This creek receives runoff from the Zilker and Barton Hills neighborhoods, flows over the Barton Springs recharge zone just after it crosses under Azie Morton Rd, and then flows into Barton Creek a few hundred feet downstream of Barton Springs Pool.
Friends of South Zilker Park
While technically in the Barton Hills Neighborhood, residents of both neighborhoods (Zilker and Barton Hills) have joined together as a volunteer group (Friends of South Zilker Park) to beautify this waterway and restore native trees, grasses and flowers. City of Austin and Keep Austin Beautiful provide us with guidance, plants, and tools as we work to create a more beautiful, biologically-functioning stream corridor in our neighborhood. The restored stream will do a better job filtering pollutants from our neighborhood's storm water runoff, lessening erosion, mitigating flash floods, and increasing wildlife habitat. Opportunities to participate in these activities --especially periodic workdays, will be announced in the ZNA newsletter and on the ZNA listserv. For more information, contact Gail Rothe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Parking Improvements - Except immediately adjacent to the south entrance of Barton Springs, the parking in South Zilker Park is largely unstructured with parking areas connected via a single park road lacking a specific traffic pattern. This has lead to illegal parking, traffic congestion, patron frustration, and lack of emergency vehicle access. The City has proposed some improvements. Read more about it in this PDF.
- Riparian Restoration - Austin Parks Foundation recently awarded the Friends of South Zilker Park a 2017 Fall Community Grant of $7,500 through the Austin City Limits Music Festival Park Grants Program. Funding will be used to improve two small waterways that flow into Barton Creek in the area along Azie Morton Rd. Read more about it in this PDF.
Map of South Zilker Park