PRESS RELEASE — Council Cleans Barton Springs Pool Thursday (Oct. 11)

PRESS RELEASE — Council Cleans Barton Springs Pool Thursday (Oct. 11)

(Austin, Texas) – With Austin’s population growing every year, the demands on Barton Springs, the Edwards Aquifer, and our water resources continue to grow.  Friends of Barton Springs Pool and Barton Springs Conservancy are pleased to join the Mayor and Austin City Council members on Thursday, October 11, 2018 to promote increased awareness of issues affecting our environment, parks, and pools, including specifically Barton Springs Pool.

The day’s events will kick off at 9 AM on the north side of the Pool with a press conference presentation promoting recent Barton Springs Pool projects supported by Austin City Council.  Mayor Steve Adler and Council Members Alison Alter, Jimmy Flannigan, Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool, and Kathie Tovo will attend the event to provide information on the 2018 GO Bond package which supports our environment, parks, and pools and to discuss hotel tax funding for the rehabilitation of Historic Barton Springs Bathhouse.

Following remarks, Friends of Barton Springs Pool will conduct a tour of the Pool that includes the Historic Bathhouse, the Upstream Dam, a tour of invasive plants, new tree plantings, the reintroduction of aquatic plants, and the recently completed Eliza Daylighting project.

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What: Austin City Council Cleans Barton Springs Pool

Who: Mayor Steve Adler, Austin City Council Members Alison Alter, Jimmy Flannigan, Ann Kitchen, Leslie Pool, and Kathie Tovo, Friends of Barton Springs Pool and Barton Springs Conservancy

When: Thursday, October 11 at 9 AM

Where: Barton Springs Pool, 2131 William Barton Drive, Austin, Texas 78746

For Immediate Release:
October 8, 2018
Contact: Steve Barnick
Friends of Barton Springs Pool

Agenda for Council Cleans Barton Springs Pool Thursday (Oct. 11)

Agenda for Council Cleans Barton Springs Pool Thursday (Oct. 11)

8:45 am          Coffee & Tacos

9:00 am          Convene for Press Conference Presentation of Recent Barton Springs Pool Projects Supported by City Council

A.  Welcome & Recognition — Steve Barnick, FBSP

B.  Protecting Our Environment, Parks and Pools:

  • 2018 GO Bond Package with $72Mfor open space acquisition and $45M for parkland acquisition — Mayor Steve Adler
  • 2018 GO Bond Package with $40M to build a new pool at Colony Park and renovate existing pools Council Member Leslie Pool
  • 2018 GO Bond Package with $112M for drainage improvement projects and to continue buyouts of properties in flood-prone areasCouncil Member Alison Alter

C.  Honoring our Past: FY2019 HOT Funding for rehabilitation of Historic Barton Springs Bathhouse — Council Member Ann Kitchen

D.  BSP Master Plan Update  Rey Hernandez, PARD

  • 2018 Daylighting of Eliza completed — Donelle Robinson, Watershed Protection
  • 2017/2018 Repopulating Aquatic Plants – Mike Cannatti, Barton Springs Conservancy

E.  City Council Comments on Status and Future of Barton Springs:

  • Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo
  • Council Member Jimmy Flannigan

F.  Closing – Steve Barnick, FBSP

9:30 am           Convene for Pool Tour (Bathhouse, Upper Dam, invasive plants behind diving board, tree planting south lawn, reintroducing aquatic plants, and Eliza Daylighting)

10:15 – 12pm  Clean the Pool

12:00 – 3pm   Event Clean-up & Continued Monthly Volunteer Efforts

“Council Fixes the Pool” Day on September 19, 2013

On Thursday, September 19th at 9 am, Austin City Council members joined volunteers from the Friends of Barton Springs Pool, city staff, and other pool stakeholders (including Clean Water Action, Environment Texas, Preservation Austin, Save Barton Creek Association, Save Our Springs Alliance, and Sierra Club of Austin) at the first official “Council FIXES the Pool Day” to review the many Council-approved improvement projects for Barton Springs Pool and the surrounding area for the purpose of recognizing City Council for their work to support Barton Springs.  The event kicked off at 9 am with a short press conference presentation by pool stakeholders of recent Barton Springs Pool projects supported by City Council, followed comments from the City Councilmembers in attendance.  After the press conference, a “pool snorkeling tour” was conducted with Councilmembers Morrison and Tovo to review firsthand the pool features and improvements.

Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Mayor Pro Tem Sheryl Cole, and City Council Members Mike Martinez, Laura Morrison, Chris Riley, and Kathie Tovo all attended, with Bill Spelman would have attended but for a last-minute family commitment.

The following projects were recognized by the indicated pool stakeholder speaker:

  • Welcome & recognition — Mike Cannatti, FBSP;
  • 2012 Bond Package with $30M for open space and watershed protection funds – Steve Beers, SBCA and/or Dick Kallerman, Save Our Springs Alliance;
  • 2012 Bond Package with $2M for Bathhouse Renovation funds – Mike Cannatti, FBSP;
  • Bypass tunnel repairs – Johnnie Price, City of Austin Watershed Protection Project Manager;
  • New inlet grate to the bypass tunnel paid for with the TCEQ grant of $300,000 – Tom Weber, FBSP;
  • Barton Springs Habitat Conservation Plan and updated federal permit – Laurie Dries, City of Austin Evolutionary Ecologist, Watershed Protection Dept.;
  • Status Update on Short Term Projects from Barton Springs Pool Master Plan – Tom Nelson, City of Austin Division Manager, Aquatics;
  • Grounds Improvement Project – Robin Camp, City of Austin Project Manager;
  • Grounds Improvement Project:  The Public Process – Roy Waley, Sierra Club of Austin;
  • City funding of a Preservation position at PARD for work to recognize historic assets in Zilker Park – Jacqui Schraad, Preservation Austin;
  • Presentation of $10,000 check from FBSP to the city for the purchase of additional trees inside Barton Springs Pool – Mike Cannatti, FBSP;

Additional information from the Press Release are posted here.

Pictures from the event are posted below:

Read the full Press Release here.

Council Cleans the Pool Day 2011

Council Cleans the Pool Day 2011 was a huge success thanks to all of our volunteers, the E corp from American Youthworks, our sponsors, city staff and city councilmembers!  We had over 90 volunteers sign in for a total of over 300 hours of pool cleaning bliss.  Many, many volunteers stayed for 4, 6 and even 8 hour shifts!  Fully motivated with lots of coffee and breakfast tacos, it was definitely the most successful morning we have every seen on the Zen-pushbrooming conga line.  We swept through six full passes before noon and the pool shallow end was so clean, I was worried we might not have anything left for all the afternoon volunteers to do!  Few from the morning crew wanted to return to their real jobs as they were so impressed with the immediate sparkling impact they could see from the work they had already done in the morning.

Alas, a slight breeze picked up around lunchtime, breaking away masses of algae from other areas of the pool and threatened to spoil the fruits of our morning’s labours.  And then the afternoon algae calvary arrived, fueled by pizza, lots and lots of pizza.  The algae, of course, didn’t stand a chance.
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Come Clean with Your City Council!

You are invited to Council Cleans the Pool Day, August 11, 2011 — on this extra special volunteer cleaning day we will be joined on the broom line by the Austin Mayor and City Council members!  Delicious refreshments will be provided throughout the day thanks to some fabulous local businesses.

We’ll gather at the main entrance starting at 7:30 am to mix and mingle over coffee and treats.  Then at 8:15 our VIP elected officials will say a few words, before jumping in the pool and getting down to work!

Our regular cleaning shifts will continue throughout the day ending at 6:00 pm, so please email to sign up for your shift.

Thank you sponsors! Our generous local sponsors are providing delicious food and drink all day long!

We hope to see you there!!