Volunteers for Oct. 3 Cleaning — PLEASE USE SOUTH SIDE/AZIE MORTON ENTRANCE!

For the upcoming cleaning on Thurs., Oct. 3, access to the north or bathhouse side will be restricted/impossible due to ACL Festival parking and prep, so we’re alerting our wonderful Friends of Barton Springs Pool volunteers to park on the SOUTH side in the lot off of Azie Morton Rd. and enter the pool from the south entrance.  The gate will be closed but it will be unlocked. The volunteers will then need to walk to the bathhouse side to check in and get instructions on what we are working on that day. More park access details below and at this link.
 
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Post-Patriotic Pool Cleaning — July 11, 2019 (9am – 3pm)!!!!

The good news is Barton Springs Pool will be open on July 4, so you can enjoy the cool pool on a Thursday.

The better news is that your Post-Patriotic Pool Cleaning will be next Thursday, July 11, 2019 (9am – 3pm)!!!!

At this great place we call Barton Springs,
the waters flow cool, clear and clean,
but to show our love true,
wear your red, white, and blue,
and join our post-patriotic volunteer team!

Please join Friends of Barton Springs Pool on Thursday, July 11 for one or more of our two-hour shifts, starting at 9:00, 11:00 and 1:00. We’ll have volunteers from C3 Presents, Benchmark Recovery Center, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co., Austin Allies, and American Youthworks.  Since the pool will be drawn down, most of volunteer efforts will be out of the water.  Possible projects include helping remove the sludge that accumulates by the sediment fence, cleaning the rails, removing the gravel at the bypass inlet, tree trimming near Eliza Springs, weeding on the south side, gardening work on the front side of the bathhouse.  With the pool drawn down, most of the activities will be dry, not wet, so we’ll need to find creative ways to keep cool, possibly including periodic visits to cool creek flow at Barking Springs.

So come roll up your sleeves, bring a friend, have a snack and enjoy the company of other Barton Springs enthusiasts. We look look forward to seeing you there!

BSP Staff Needs Help with Debris Removal (May 7….)

Friends,
Volunteers are needed to help with removing flood debris at the pool, starting on Tuesday morning, May 7, (9am) for as long as it takes. Please wear clothing/shoes/gloves you do not mind getting wet, and bring some sort of water bottle to stay hydrated. FBSP will set up a table under the display case on the back wall of the bathhouse with water containers to refill when needed. Tools will be provided by BSP, and if needed, we may enlist APF to get more rakes, shovels, wheel barrels . Please meet at the bathhouse pool entrance in the morning.
 
Background info:
 
             The pool was extensively damaged with flood debris scattered 1/3 of the way up the hill of the south lawn. Much of the lifeguard staff is filling wheel barrels and hauling that away. There is still a lot to haul out.
             A very large pile of gravel in the pool near the north side of the down stream dam near were the pump is located. The pump took on some major damage with fencing and pump area. The 8″ dia pump inlet that was attached to the dam wall was pulled away. It is still attached but a huge section is draped over the dam wall and dangling in the creek.
             They have about a dozen PARD folks filling 5 gallon buckets with gravel from that area and hauling it to the area near the upstream dam where what is left of the compost pile is. Most of the compost structural walls are damaged and all of the compost is gone. They road adjacent to the compost pile was washed out exposing some creek monitoring cables, they are filling that area with grave being removed from the pump area.
             The nature trail has some flood debris that needs to be removed most of the damage is near the upstream dam on the south side were there appears to be a tree uprooted that has totally trashed the permanent gate in that area. The creek is still flooding into the pool so much of that area is not safe to work.

             Watershed divers are assessing the damage in the pool. The entire pool was scoured a lot of large rocks have been jostled about, and another large deposit of gravel is in the mix in the middle deep area of the pool.

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Greetings Friends,

Spring has sprung and the Friends of Barton Springs Pool Board of Directors is gearing up for another exciting year of protecting and preserving the Barton Springs Pool! We’re busy with projects inside and outside the fence and very excited to announce the return of our annual membership picnic in June. Stay tuned for more details!

Our first volunteer pool cleaning was a huge success and we want to carry that forward throughout the year by encouraging members to join us for these vital pool preservation efforts. Pool cleanings take place on the first Thursday of each month and allow volunteers to catch some rays and get their hands dirty in support of the pool. See the schedule below and sign up for the date and time that work for you. Snacks and refreshments are provided and the first ten people to sign-up for a cleaning get a free FBSP t-shirt!

See you at the Pool!

FSBP Board

Upcoming Pool Cleanings:

April 4                  (9am-12pm or 12-3pm)
May 2                   (9am-12pm or 12-3pm)
June 6                  (9am-12pm or 12-3pm)
July 11                  (9am-12pm or 12-3pm)
August 1               (9am-12pm or 12-3pm)
September 5        (9am-12pm or 12-3pm)
October 4             (9am-12pm or 12-3pm)

Have questions about pool cleanings? Contact us at president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org.

Not a member? Become one today! Contact us at info@friendsofbartonspringspool.org to get on our mailing list and to learn about upcoming volunteer events at the Pool.

April 4, 2019 — A Spring Barton Springs Cleaning Volunteer Opportunity

Hark, the herald angels sing!
It’s time for all to clean the Springs!
So join the gang on April 4
to help us with our cleaning chores!

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On Thursday, April 4 (9am to 3pm), volunteers can help clean Barton Springs by push-brooming the shallow end algae, helping yank invasives, brushing and cleaning the stair rails and sidewalls, potting the plants (it’s not what it sounds like), aerating and weeding the lawn and gardens, and generally doing some good for this place Austin loves!  All this hard work helps contribute to the cleaning, well-being, and beautification of Barton Springs Pool.

Volunteers can choose from 3 two hour shifts, starting at 9am.  Please sign up for a shift at the SignUp link (http://signup.com/go/cHHzANt) to help spiff up the 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