May 5 Pool Cleaning at Barton Springs!

Just a quick reminder that our next volunteer pool cleaning event is this Thursday, May 5, from 9am til noon.  As we work through our mild Austin spring season, Barton Springs needs your help to clean the Springs and tidy our beautiful pool and surrounding grounds, so please join us!  We expect a crew of volunteers from AMD to be on hand to help, and hope this will be a great opportunity for education and service in support of Barton Springs!  Eschewing the tradition of having folks sign up online for shifts, we’re asking folks to RSVP to our communications chair ( if you plan on joining us.  For our next cleaning, we’ll get the kinks worked out for our shift registration system.

Three Great Tips for Screening, Supporting, and Cleaning Barton Springs!!

We have three wonderful suggestions for our wonderful Friends of Barton Springs Pool for Screening, Supporting and Cleaning Barton Springs!

First, check out Living Springs’ debut screening of the “A Reflecting Pool” tomorrow (March 3 at 7 pm) at UT’s Belo Center for New Media Moody Auditorium. The film recounts the Springs’ experience from 1912 to 1962, including the little known race history of Barton Springs. The screening will also include extra screenings of “Mr. Habitat” and “Cleaning Day” which features the Barton Springs lifeguards and staff and community volunteers from the Friends of Barton Springs Pool. Addition screening event details are posted at

Second, help Amplify Friends of Barton Springs Pool by making or scheduling a supporting donation at our Amplify Austin page, With a small $10 or $20 donation from each Friend, you can help restore, improve and maintain the pool through organizing, advocacy, volunteer work, education and fun.

Lastly, you can still grab a cleaning shift at our March 5 “It’s My Park Day” Spring Cleaning at Barton Springs. To register, go to the Austin Park’s Foundation’s sign-up page (…/16468-Barton-Springs-Po…) and when the page opens, click the “Register” link or button, enter the information for your t-shirt size, number of minors and liability form, register for your shift(s), and check the liability waiver.

We look forward to seeing you at the Springs!

Summer Springs Pool Cleaning — Thursday, September 3, 2015

As we leave the Dog Days of Summer and close out the last days of the (astronomical) summer (in the Northern Hemisphere), Barton Springs still needs your help to clean the Springs, so help us tidy our beautiful pool and surrounding grounds. You can volunteer by signing up for a 2 hour shift, starting at 10 am or 12:00 pm. Bring some friends. Food and refreshments will be supplied. A big thanks to our partner on this cleaning, Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co.! For those that sign up for a 10:00 – 12:00 pm shift, head over to ABGB for a slice of pizza!

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

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

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

You can also sign up or direct your questions to

Pool cleanings take place in two-hour increments from 10-12 and 12-2. We need three to ten volunteers for each shift along with experienced volunteers to serve as shift leaders.

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!

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