Amplify Austin Day starts TODAY AT 6PM! By donating $20, $50, or $1000, you can help us raise $1,000 for Friends of Barton Springs Pool and keep Austin’s Crown Jewel polished and clean. It’s simple and easy! Visit https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/FriendsOfBartonSpringsPool/overview and schedule your gift today!
Due to wintry weather, the Barton Springs Pool Spring Cleaning has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 7. We still need LOTS of volunteers to help scrub, love, clean, and adore the Springs. Please sign up for a two-hour cleaning shift or update your shift!
2. Enter your email address. (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. *Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
4. Reward yourself with a great swim at Barton Springs next chance you get!
*Shifts run in 2 hour increments, starting at 8 am, 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, and 4 pm.
Pool staff has organized a number of projects to help with the Spring Cleaning, depending on whether the pool is drawn down on Saturday.
If the pool is full, volunteers can help remove aquatic grasses by corralling this grass in the pool and then hauling it to the compost pile. We won’t have any large Pushbroom parties because pool staff will use equipment to buff the bottom of the shallow end, but the pool sides can always be cleaned.
If the pool is drawn down, volunteers will help aerate and refresh mulch rings and planter boxes with two truckloads of mulch (one for each side of the pool), aerate South side high traffic spots and install sod grass, remove Dalis grass and burr clover invasives from lawn, trim the Muhly grasses on the South side of the pool, and trim and remove overgrowth from the nature trail. We might also help remove rocks and debris from the deep end using wheelbarrows to haul the rock/debris out.
Courtesy of a grant from Austin Parks Foundation, we will have plenty of new gardening and cleaning equipment for volunteers to use on the projects.
On Saturday, March 7, please be sure to join us for the RESCHEDULED Barton Springs Pool Spring Cleaning! Volunteers can help clean Barton Springs by helping pull weeds, brush and clean the stair rails and sidewalls, pot plants (it’s not what it sounds like), till gardens, spread mulch, excavate rocks, shovel sediment, and move the debris to the compost area by rolling wheelbarrows outside the pool area. All this hard work helps contribute to the cleaning, well-being, and beautification of Barton Springs Pool. Sign up for a shift at the VolunteerSpot button below to show the pool a bit of spring cleaning love.
To complete your preparations for the New Year’s Day Pool Plunge into Barton Springs Pool tomorrow, please consider making a charitable donation to Friends of Barton Springs Pool today. Any donation goes to fund projects at the Pool, pool cleanings, tools for volunteers, our tree planting initiatives, and other work toward restoring, improving and maintaining the pool and surrounding grounds through organizing, advocacy, volunteer work, education and fun.
Donations small or large are all appreciated, and can be made online today to qualify for a charitable donation in 2014 by clicking the Austin Parks Foundation donation website HERE, by choosing the box for “Barton Springs Pool, Friends of” and then filling out the donation information.
Thanks! Happy New Year!! And we hope to see you tomorrow at the Pool Plunge!!!
Please join Save Barton Creek Association at the Zilker Clubhouse on Monday, November 24th (6 to 10 pm) for their Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet celebrating 35 Years of Preserving Barton Springs! The event will feature a Thanksgiving Buffet courtesy of The Salt Lick, and Live Music by the Barton Springs Troubadours Bill Oliver and Friends!
For more details, check out SBCA’s website where you can renew your SBCA membership.