31 Dec

Year-End Charitable Donation to Friends of Barton Springs Pool

Howdy all!

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!!!

23 Nov

Save Barton Creek Association Annual Membership Meeting (Monday, Nov. 24, 6-10 pm)

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.

14 Nov

Fall Picnic (Thurs. Oct. 23rd) — Beer, Grilled Grub, “Living Springs” screening, and Free Swim!

Friends of Barton Springs Pool had their 2014 Fall Picnic at the Zilker Rock Garden where members, volunteers, supporters and families convened to celebrate a great season of cleaning the pool, recognize the work of our board, volunteers, and business supporters, and chat about this year’s accomplishments.

Courtesy of Chip McElroy at Live Oak Brewing Company, we had some tasty beer.  Jonathan Beall also brought the professional grade gas grill to cook some tasty dinner grub.  After dinner, we raffled some pool passes, some wonderful gift certificates from good folks at Whole Earth Provision Company, and two beautiful copper cups provided by Jonathan Beall, founder and craftsman with Sertodo Copper.  To conclude the evening, Karen Kocher provided a private screening of the “Living Springs” documentary.

Special thanks to Live Oak Brewing Company for being our cold beer sponsor.  We also thank Karen Kocher for agreeing to give us a screening of her wonderful “Living Springs” documentary about Barton Springs.

21 Oct

Fall Picnic Swag!

For those attending the Fall Picnic , we’ll have some great swag to hand out.  First and foremost, the “Live Oak Brewing Company” beer, provided courtesy of Chip McElroy.  There will also be wonderful gift certificates from good folks at Whole Earth Provision Company.  And our very own Jonathan Beall, founder and craftsman with Sertodo Copper, will provide some beautiful copper cups for our picnic raffle.

Be sure to attend the Picnic to participate in the prize drawings!

28 Sep

Prob’ly The Year’s Last Pool Cleaning — Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Please join Friends of Barton Springs Pool on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to scrub Barton Springs Pool clean.  The last big rain that swept through the pool is gone, leaving the pool a bit murky, but now that Barton Springs has been reopened, we’re hoping you’ll join us at the last volunteer cleaning opportunity for the summer season!  In addition to the usual 2-hour shifts between 10 am and 2 pm, we’ve also added two extra shifts, including a 4-6 pm shift for folks otherwise encumbered by school or work hours, so NO EXCUSES!  This is (possibly) the last glorious chance to prance about in the glorious cool spring waters, attending to the scrubbing, trimming, cleaning, weeding, and other upkeep needs of our lovely Barton Springs Pool.

So bring some friends! As always, food and refreshments will be supplied.

If you plan on attending, please email president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org to RSVP!

You can also sign up for the cleaning on VolunteerSpot, by following these easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

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.

Pool cleanings take place in two-hour from 10-12 and 12-2.  We need three to ten volunteers for each shift along with experienced volunteers to serve as shift leaders.

At the seasonal monthly pool cleanings, FBSP volunteers scrub rocks, vacuum the pool bottom, clean algae off steps and railings, skim algae off the pool surface, plant flowers and help maintain the pool grounds, paint benches and trim, and generally lend a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible.

We look look forward to seeing you there!

18 Sep

Make that TWO Shout Outs from the Chronicle!!

In addition to the Chronicle’s “Best of Austin” Critic’s award for “Best Improved Entry to the Soul of Austin: Barton Springs Southside,” Barton Springs Pool also received the Reader’s award for “Best Swimming Hole:  Barton Springs“:

Enjoy howling at the moon? Love a good LARP? How about just a dunk into (what seems like) icy water on a sultry summer night? Okay, fine, this is a great place to go by daylight too. Right across Lady Bird Lake from downtown, this is the spot for that midday swim we wouldn’t recommend attempting in the lake. With nearby picnic tables and a toot-toot tour aboard the Zilker Zephyr handy, the springs make for an excellent family outing as well. But when the sun goes down and the admission follows suit, Barton is Austin’s nightswim nirvana.

Not that there was much suspense in the matter, given the past awards for Best Teen Hangout: Barton Springs (2013); Best Swimming Hole: Barton Springs (2013); Best Swimming Hole: Barton Springs (2012), Best Swimming Hole: Barton Springs Pool (2011), and the list goes on.

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