New President

At the FBSP Board Meeting on April 26, 2016, we elected Steve Barnick to serve as President of the board.  In addition, Crispin Richey was elected to serve on the board as our Fundraising Chair.  And in the absence of any objection, Lindsey Robbins was elected to serve as our Fun chair.

We are delighted to welcome Steve back to the board.  He brings much wisdom, experience, passion, and happy vibes to our work to a help return the pool to its rightful glory.

We also look forward to Crispin bringing his fearless and energetic passion (and credit card reader) to support our fundraising efforts.  And when Lindsey returns from our global sojourn, we will be expecting much from our happy traveler to help promote happiness and well-being at Barton Springs Pool.

Give 5% This Friday, April 22!!!!

Check out the blog entries at for the “Give 5%” Campaign beneficiaries, including Friends of Barton Springs Pool, explaining why our organization is proud to be a partner and beneficiary of 2016’s Give 5 to Mother Earth Day. Mark your calendars, and eat, shop & play on 4/22!

Private Pool Party at Barton Springs — AND YOU’RE INVITED!!!!

PushBroomCleaningYou’re invited to a Private Pool Party at Barton Springs Pool this coming Thursday, August 6 from 10-2!  Normally, the pool is closed to the public at this time, but we’ve arranged a special event for all our friends to join us for our “Clean The Pool” theme party.

Sign up for a shift by clicking this link ( to our VolunteerSpot signup page, and then join us at the Gala Scrubbing Event where you help Clean the Springs while the great, unwashed masses look forlornly from outside the fence, wishing they could be one of the Cool Kids invited inside to help with the pool cleaning.

Party favors include privileged access to Barton Springs, enjoyment of the cool spring waters during pushbroom cleaning of the pool bottom, a nice mid-day tan, and a sense of accomplishment in doing something nice for Barton Springs.  Plus plenty of pizza for our registered volunteers.

Hope to see you on Thursday!!!!


DSCN1079DSCN1076Cleaning pic for Picnic invite 2012

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.