April 6 — First FBSP Pool Cleaning Event for 2017!!!!

To (belatedly) open the 2017 season, Friends of Barton Springs Pool will have or first volunteer pool cleaning on Thursday, April 6, 2017, with 2-hour shifts starting at 9am. No, it didn’t really seem like winter was ever here, and now that Spring has sprung, it’s time for Friends to leap back into action (and into the pool!).  Come the pool in its pristine and uncrowded state while also helping “give back” to Barton Springs. So here’s your personal invite to come take care of Barton Springs Pool, our beloved watering hole. Cleaning projects include push-brooming the pool bottom of the shallow end, scrubbing algae from the sides, rails, and stairs, and helping with landscape efforts to beautify the grounds, including weeding the lawn and gardens, turning the mulch, and generally lend a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible. 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!

Volunteers get dirty in the pool.
Volunteers get dirty in the pool.

Please sign up for a shift at our SignUp page (http://signup.com/go/MRckft), and we’ll have best breakfast tacos in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, courtesy of Tacodeli!  Yum!

2017 Spring Cleaning — Mark Your Calendar for Saturday, March 4

What say we schedule a little SPRING CLEANING?  Friends of Barton Springs Pool’s “Spring Cleaning” will be on Saturday, March 4, 2017, allowing volunteers to give back to Barton Springs Pool by helping spiff up the pool before the pool reopens.  So if you’re weary of winter and seeking spring solace in the cool and clear waters of our beloved Barton Springs, come help the Springs with some lovin, scrubbin, weedin’, mulchin’, aeratin’, whackin’, brushin’, gardenin’, and just getting down in the groovy cleaning vibe of the SPRING CLEAN to help clean up the pool before the swim season reopens!!!!!

Volunteers can choose from 4 two hour shifts, starting at 9am.  Please sign up for a shift at the SignUp link (http://signup.com/go/a4w8tV) to help spiff up the pool before the pool reopens.  We’ll have some yummy grub and refreshments, including delicioso tacos from our friends and supporters at Tacodeli!

Volunteer pool cleaning activities include push-brooming algae from the pool bottom, spreading mulch, landscaping and weeding work in the grounds, cleaning stair and sidewall rails, trimming and/or composting weeds and plants from the pool, painting bathroom facilities, planting around the pool grounds, repairing pool and grounds equipment, and generally lending a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible. There are lots of projects both in and out of the water, so please dress appropriately. This means long sleeves, pants and shirt, closed toed shoes and socks for grounds work. Wet clothes for working in the pool. Don’t forget your towel and sun protection! We like to think that we make the springs a better place for swimmers and the natural habitat that live there year round. So come on out and join us for the Friends of Barton Springs Pool spring cleaning extravaganza!!!

We are truly grateful for all the support from Austin Parks Foundation which makes our cleaning days possible, including generous grant support to buy tools and cleaning equipment. Next year, we hope to be a full partner with the IMPD experience, but for this year, we welcome any and all volunteers to our Friends of Barton Springs Pool day at Barton Springs!

 

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Volunteers on the Earth Day broom line

October 6 — Last FBSP Pool Cleaning Event for 2016!!!!

As we close out the 2016 season, Friends of Barton Springs Pool will have the final volunteer pool cleaning on Thursday, October 6, 2016, with 2-hour shifts starting at 9am.  As the summer temps decline, this is a great chance to enjoy the pool in its pristine and uncrowded state while also helping “give back” to Barton Springs.  So if you’ve been playing coy all summer, waiting for us to beg before you come plunge in the pool, here’s your personal invite to come take care of Barton Springs Pool, our beloved watering hole.  Cleaning projects include push-brooming the pool bottom of the shallow end, scrubbing algae from the sides, rails, and stairs, and helping with landscape efforts to beautify the grounds, including weeding the lawn and gardens, turning the mulch, and generally lend a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible. 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!

 

Volunteers on the Earth Day broom line

 

 

August 4 Volunteer Pool Cleaning — JOIN US YOU ALGAE-EATING FANATICS!

Yo, Friends of the Springs!  Summer is here, but despite the recent rain, there is still plenty of work to be done to help take care of Barton Cleaning-pic-for-Picnic-inviteSprings.   And since you’ve been playing coy all summer, waiting for us to beg before you come plunge in the pool, here’s your personal invite to come take care of Barton Springs Pool, our beloved watering hole, by signing up for pool cleaning shifts on August 4, 2016.

You can make a difference helping Barton Springs by signing up for the cleaning with the following easy steps:

1. Click this link, or the button below, to go to our invitation page on SignUp:
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot
2. Enter your email address:(You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

You can also sign up or direct your questions to president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org

Pool cleanings take place in two-hour increments from 9-11 am, 11am – 1pm, and 1-3 pm.

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.

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!

 

JULY 14 POOL CLEANING — JOIN US!

As we ease into the Dog Days of Summer, Barton Springs needs help with cleaning the Springs and tidy our beautiful pool and surrounding grounds. Projects include pushbrooming and mulch spreading, along with our regular activities.  You can volunteer by signing up for a 2 hour shift, starting at 9 am, 11 am or 1 pm. Bring some friends. Food and refreshments will be supplied.

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

1. Click this link, or the button below, to go to our invitation page on SignUp:
Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot
2. Enter your email address:(You will NOT need to register an account on SignUp)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots – SignUp will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

You can also sign up or direct your questions to president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org

Pool cleanings take place in two-hour increments from 9-11 am, 11am – 1pm, and 1-3 pm.

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.

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!

Next Pool Cleaning — June 30, 2016

UPDATE — Our next volunteer pool cleaning event is Thursday, June 30, from 9am til 3pm.  Barring unforeseen flooding, we will need lots of volunteers to help clean the Springs and tidy our beautiful pool and surrounding grounds, so please join us!  Sign up for a shift at our VolunteerSpot registration link, http://vols.pt/Y5jpVC.earthdaycleaningparty

At the June cleaning, volunteers can help spiff up Barton Springs Pool by brushing and vacuuming the pool bottom, cleaning stair rails and sidewalls, painting the south deck blocks, landscaping, gardening around the pool grounds, weeding the Great Lawn, and generally lending a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible. There are also lots of projects both in and out of the water, so please dress appropriately. This means long sleeves, pants and shirt, closed toed shoes and socks for grounds work. Wet clothes for muddy work in the pool. Don’t forget your towel and sun protection!