Care for Barton Creek Greenbelt
The Barton Creek Greenbelt is undoubtedly one of Austin’s most cherished trails. From Campbell’s Hole to Gus Fruh, from Twin Falls to the Hill of Life, some of our city’s most beautiful places can be found along this well-worn trail.
However, as Austin continues to grow, activity and impact on the trail has increased as well. Unfortunately this beloved community asset is experiencing multiple ongoing issues such as litter, pet waste, graffiti, drainage and erosion issues, limbs falling across the trail, and disrupted habitat. While the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department works hard to keep litter and other issues at bay, the underfunded department simply does not have the resources or staff required to properly maintain the trail.
Austin Parks Foundation is proud to be supporting maintenance efforts on the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail. For the past two years, our organization has set aside $100,000 annually to get the trail back into shape. By hiring Texas Conservation Corps (TxCC), the highly skilled crews of American Youthworks, we are able to support a great local youth leadership development and conservation training program while also caring for the Greenbelt. TxCC crews assess the trail after large storms and remove fallen limbs blocking the trail, they resolve drainage issues, they work on invasive species management, and so much more.
If you love the Barton Creek Greenbelt trail, Austin Parks Foundation hopes you will support our efforts. Donate to APF to help us continue this work, practice Leave No Trace principals, clean up after your pets, and help pick up litter on the greenbelt. To learn more about how you can help take care of our parks and trails across the city, follow us on social media and join our e-news!