Barton Hills School Park (2009 Homedale Drive) has a 1/4 mile loop track that is irregularly shaped and partially paved, partially gravel. Two little hills make it a fun spot to run, and the quiet setting yesterday morning plus the field of rain lilies added to the pleasant experience. There is some construction fencing and equipment on site. In addition to a vibrant mosaic, this park also has a playground, a small shaded amphitheater, and easy street parking. It’s closed from 7am-4pm during school.
A few park spaces I have visited recently and found were undeveloped/unrunnable are Davis Hill Neighborhood Park, Deer Park at Maple Run Preserve, Oakhill Neighborhood Park, and Gaines Greenbelt (not to be confused with the park by the same name).
Gaines Park (3918 S MoPac Expressway) however provides one of many access points to the Barton Creek Greenbelt. Limited parking is available along the exit ramp from MoPac and a shaved ice truck can often be found near this trailhead. Lots of people were visiting yesterday, many with dogs, as the weather is cooling down a bit. The scenery here is quite pretty, including a small waterfall and lots of wildflowers and American beauty berry right now. There are miles of unpaved trails here but I just covered a quick mile. The terrain has some loose rocks and roots, so run with caution, and look out for cyclists speeding through.
Odom School Park (1001 Sahara Avenue) has a gravel (really thick, new, loose gravel, which I don’t enjoy) track that measures about 0.15 miles per lap. Plenty of street parking is available but it’s not especially scenic though there are some nice trees along the perimeter.