16 Aug
2017

Presidents Report (Aug-Sept 2017)

FBSP AUGUST/SEPTEMBER-2017 PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Friends,

We are proud to announce the addition of Seth (Jason) Cross to our FBSP board as the new Fundraising Chair. After a lively discussion at our booth on the south side in July, Seth expressed interest in getting involved. He has experience as a lifeguard at BSP in the 90’s is a regular lap swimmer and has a deep appreciation for who we are and what we are doing so please welcome Seth to our team.

We are still seeking to fill Duck Kiss(1)vacancies at Vice President, and Membership so if you have an interested please get in touch with me at [president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org].

THANKS TO THOSE THAT HELPED!! As you know we are working hard to remove non-native plants at BSP. One of our challenges is finding people that are not allergic to poison ivy to volunteer. Last month we put a callout to our membership and the response has been amazing. We also had a member offer the services of his baby goats who graze on the poison ivy and we are hoping to work out the details to make that part of our monthly pool cleanings in the future. Irrigation of the grounds using creek water has been a challenge this summer due to some issues with the pump. We met with PARD and we are happy to report they will be replacing the pump with a system that is programmable and capable of pumping at the wide range of pump flow and pressure needs that are required at the pool.

NO SPRAY ON SUNSCREEN AT THE POOL!! This has become a nuisance to anyone that is exposed to the cloud of sunscreen and its effects on water quality. Advocating for a total ban on sunscreen seems a bit excessive so we are hoping that with some added signage and possibly some other methods we can reduce this issue in the future. If anyone has any suggestions we ask that you write them out and submit them at the pool’s suggestion box or email them to me at [president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org]

PLANTING POOL TREES  Planting trees at BSP, we recently met with PARD-Forestry department to advocate for replacing some lost trees at BSP. FBSP has funding available and we are working out the details to get this done as soon as possible.

QUIETER POOL  Have you noticed the reduction in pump noise coming from Eliza!!! A group of stakeholders following a suggestion by Bill Bunch(SOS) to cover the pumps were successful in convincing PARD/Watershed that this was important. A big shout out to Bill for the idea and the perseverance of the stakeholders involved in making it happen.

HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX FUNDS FOR PARKS AND BARTON SPRINGS  Finding funding for improvements to the Bathhouse and possible new Zilker Welcome Center are in the works at city hall. Mayor Adler recently held a press conference where he proposed a 2% Hotel Occupancy Tax to address funding the “downtown puzzle”, that includes a new convention center, homeless issues downtown, additional historic preservation of tourist destinations in the city, and other community benefits for our parks, cultural arts, and commercial music venues. This by no means is the complete story, it is complicated, and controversial but we are encouraged by the proposal and support any effort that will help with funding Barton Springs Pool Master Plan efforts to rehabilitate the bathhouse.

CELEBRATING THE DAY LIGHTING OF ELIZA SPRINGS  While we still do not have a date for coordinating this event, we all are exhausted and confused by how long this has taken but in the end we will be able to rejoice in raising awareness to our most important Barton Springs Salamander Habitat and that my friends is a good thing!

See you at the pool,
Steve Barnick
FBSP President

NOTE: Our next south side booth is Sun(9/3) 10-4 and volunteer pool cleaning is Thurs(9/7) 9-3.

7 Aug
2017

Aug. 8 Living Springs Screening Moved to ABGB

Due to inclement weather, the Living Springs retrospective screening scheduled for tomorrow (August 8) has been moved “indoors” to the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ALiving SpringsBGB), 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704.  Presented in conjunction with the Save Our Springs Alliance and the Save Barton Creek Association, this special screening marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Save Our Springs Ordinance, and will include special remarks from Brigid Shea, former head of S.O.S. and current Travis County Commissioner. Come learn some important Austin history about Austin’s favorite swimming hole!

Ground is the first documentary produced by Austin-based media producer, Karen Kocher. Although low-tech and a student project, the video nonetheless recounts some important history in the citizen-efforts to protect the Springs.

Come raise a glass with us.

Thanks, http://theabgb.com/

26 Jul
2017

Barton Springs Volunteer Cleaning — August 3, 2017 (9am – 3pm)!!!!

In keeping with our recent tradition of sorts, here is the latest (and lamest) poetic invitation from Friends of Barton Springs Pool to join us at next Thursday’s volunteer pool cleaning:

There was once a place called Barton Springs Pool,
with water so clear and so deep and so cool,
but to give back we must…
show up on the third of August.
to brush broom the city’s crown jewel!

OK, it ain’t high quality poetry, but you get what you pay for, and if this helps grab your attention, please help us organize our upcoming activity by clicking the link below to learn more and sign up to help. Thanks for making a difference!

http://signup.com/go/ohgCgTz

We’re expecting big turnout from the good folks at Benchmark Recovery and our stalwart supporters at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, so we look forward to seeing you at the Springs!

25 Jul
2017

New Board Member — Jason “Seth” Cross

At the July, 2017 FBSP Board Meeting, we elected Jason “Seth” Cross to serve on the board as our Fundraising Chair.  Jason has lived many places and now works as a realtor with JB Goodwin Realtors, but in a former life, was a Barton Springs Lifeguard!  How cool is that?!!!  We are delighted to bring the passion and experience and volunteer spirit of Seth (as he prefers to be called) to the Friends of Barton Springs Pool board, and look forward to working with him to a help return the pool to its rightful glory.

29 Jun
2017

FBSP JUNE/JULY-2017 PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Friends,

I am proud to report that we have sponsored 3 volunteer pool cleaning events this season and we are actively seeking out corporate sponsor’s to sign up for a employee team building event by volunteering at the pool. Our most recent pool cleaning in May we had a very hardy group from Whole Foods that I think had a blast making the pool shine brightly

One of the activities that we are having difficulties with accomplishing is removal of ligustrum in an area behind the diving board. The reason being that area also has a lot of poison ivy which if you are allergic to like me you avoid at any cost. We are looking for folks that are not allergic to poison ivy and are willing to get in there and remove as much ligustrum as possible. There are a lot of good plants in that area that we will need to identify, avoid and even provide a little TLC which will be much easier once we have the ligustrum removed. If anyone wants to help with that during our first Thursday of the month volunteer pool cleaning please contact me at president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org or seek me out at the pool I am wearing the yellow hat.

It has come to our attention that the irrigation system on the south side is not able to use spring water for irrigation due to some issues with the pump. FBSP is working with BSP Staff to get this spring water pumping system back online and we will keep you updated as we know more.

Kudos, to Domingo (BSP Staff) for coordinating a replanting effort in the gardens surrounding the bathhouse FBSP heard about this effort and applied for a grant from Austin Parks Foundation (APF) to cover the cost of plants. Check it out I think it looks great!

Hats off to the folks at ABGB Hell Yes they have become a regulars at all our pool cleaning events this year!! Another group we have come to rely on are the folks from Benchmark they alternate with a team of guys and gals and they always come ready to work.

Coming soon we are in the process of organizing a special event to commemorate the grand opening of the Eliza Day Lighting project. No word on when that will be but we are in the loop for getting that date as soon as possible. We are looking forward to getting that work done.

APF grants are what we use to invest in tools for cleaning at the pool and again this year we will be applying for that grant money. If you get a chance give a shout out to APF for creating this opportunity to keep our tool inventory adequate for our needs.

We are also working with a group of stakeholders to repopulate the plants in the pool. When the pool floods much of the plants are scoured away and there is solid evidence that the water quality of the pool is improved with a healthy plant population. So keep your snorkel clean and clear and maybe you will see some of that effort in the very near future.

We have t-shirts($15), and towels($25) with the FBSP Logo that are available for a donation. We will be sponsoring a booth at the south side entrance on Sun(7/2) from 10:00 – 4:00 so come on by and have a chat, get a shirt and sign up to volunteer on Thurs(7/6).

See you at the pool,
Steve Barnick
FBSP President

27 Jun
2017

Patriotic Pool Cleaning — July 6, 2017 (9am – 3pm)!!!!

At this great place called Barton Springs Pool,
deep water flows so clear and so cool,
but to keep the pool clean,
we need volunteer teams
to brush broom the city’s crown jewel!Hell Yes AGBG FBSB Cleaning

Every first Thursday, Friends of Barton Springs Pool hosts three two-hour shifts, starting at 9:00, 11:00 and 1:00, so please join us this next Thursday (July 6) for a refreshing day of volunteer work to keep Barton Springs Pool the best that it can be. All volunteers are welcome to push-broom the pool bottom clean while we sing our happy tune as we help to put a shine on our jewel of Austin, Barton Springs Pool.

Whole Foods FBSB Cleaning

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