Help AMPLIFY FRIENDS OF BARTON SPRINGS POOL!

Please join us as we Amplify Austin by donating to Friends of Barton Springs Pool through the Amplify Austin campaign on March 1-2, 2018.  Your donation supports our work to protect, restore, improve and maintain Barton Springs Pool – Austin’s Crown Jewel and natural treasure. You can schedule a donation NOW by visiting our Amplify Austin page at this link, https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/friendsofbartonspringspool2018 to make a donation!  Thanks!

Our volunteers are happy to help clean the springs, and are even happier to have your Amplify Austin donation. Your donation will support Friends of Barton Springs Pool in our work to help restore and renovate the Barton Springs Pool Bathhouse, and to help organize monthly cleaning events that bring in scores of swimmers and friends of Barton Springs to work beside the staff to clean the Pool.  Such funds are used in our monthly volunteer pool cleanings to to purchase cleaning equipment and tools, food, and refreshments. Friends of Barton Springs Pool also raises funds to purchase new trees in the pool area.

President’s Report — March, 2018

PRESIDENT’S REPORT (MARCH, 2018)

Friends,

We kicked off the new year with a board retreat in February where we discussed some very ambitious goals for 2018.  But first I would like to welcome our new Vice President, Ryan Cox.  Ryan expressed interest in getting involved with FBSP and we are all excited about having him on the board.  We are still seeking a membership chair so if anyone would like to get on board please get a hold of me and we will talk.

Fundraising is FUN

Fundraising is the main vehicle for us to supply tools and equipment used during our volunteer pool cleaning efforts. There are three very important fundraising events happening that we are proud to be a part of.

  • Amplify Austin is our city’s annual community wide day of online giving that’s  happening on March 1-2.  To make a donation for Friends of Barton Springs Pool, click this link https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/friendsofbartonspringspool2018 and make donation!  Thanks!
  • Give5 Austin to Mother Earth is an event specifically dedicated to benefit 9 local nonprofit organization FBSP being one of them. A first part of the campaign involves finding business sponsors that will pledge to donate to 5% of their revenue on Fri(4/20) Mother Earth day.  If you business would like to participate as a sponsor, please click this link, https://austingive5.org/signup, and sign up!
  • FBSP Booth is our chance meet folks, and spread our message at the south side pool entrance.  We offer an assortment of products for a donation and plan on sponsoring the booth on the Sunday before each of our first Thursday of the month pool cleaning events.  We are working on a new design for our t-shirts and other products so please come by and listen, learn and contribute to our cause.

Spring Cleaning is Fun, Too!!!!

In 2018, we are kicking off our year of volunteer cleaning at the pool by participating in the biggest city-wide volunteer event known as It’s My Park Day on March 3, 2018.  Sponsored by Austin Parks Foundation, participants can sign up for a shift at the Austin Parks Foundation site link, https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/69299-Barton-Springs-FBSP-Barton-Springs-Volunteer-Pool-Cleaning. Just click the “Register” button, create an account (with name, zip, email, and password), provide the requested information (t-shirt size, allergies, emergency contact, DOB, address), click the waiver agreements, and you’re in!  Please share information with others using this link, https://givepul.se/u8hm3

This is a chance for our members to participate on a Saturday while the pool is closed for spring cleaning.  Our regular volunteer pool cleaning events on the first Thursday of the month will run from April to October.

Ongoing Challenges for Friends

We have a multitude of challenges both inside and outside the fence at Barton Springs Pool. As an nonprofit organization our true calling is inside the fence sponsoring volunteer pool cleanings. We take the knowledge and experience gained from these events to raise awareness of issues, advocate for change and work with the BSP Staff to find solutions. This year we have challenges that include planting trees, repopulating plants in the pool, removal of sediment at the bypass tunnel inlet, keeping algae in the shallow end under control, eliminating non-native plants, and of course putting a shine on the pool railings and the diving well ducks. We are also giving support to many outside the fence activities that in part are integral to the goals of the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan. This involves the renovation of the bathhouse, a Zilker Park visitors center, and feasibility studies on how to improve pool water flow.  We are also in support of the HOT funding for historic preservation, the city bond initiative for purchasing aquifer land, and stopping our neighboring communities from dumping treated sewage into the aquifer. If you have a chance please add your name in support of these very important challenges to Barton Springs Pool.

We are all about finding ways to put big smiles and foster good feelings at the pool. The celebration of the completions of Eliza Springs Day Lighting project , the annual FBSP member picnic, and organizing Council Cleans the pool will hopefully keep everyone smiling and wanting to make the pool the best it can be this season.

See you at the pool,
Steve Barnick, FBSP President

Oct. 5 — Last Volunteer Barton Springs Cleaning — EVER!!!!

OK, it’s not the last cleaning ever, but it is the season finale cleaning event for Barton Springs Pool this year. 

For this last event, we’ll dispense with the red tape and shift sign-up rigamarole, but we’re expecting GREAT BIG flippity turnout from the good folks at Benchmark Recovery, Austin Youthworks,  and our stalwart supporters at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, so we look forward to seeing you at the Springs!

Volunteers can help clean Barton Springs Pool by push-brooming shallow end gunk and algae into the giant sucking vortex at the pool drain, scrubbing the pool side steps and wall, yanking weeds from the lovely lawn, removing /clipping/destroying/napalming Ligustrum from the (poison-ivy infested area behind the diving board), aerating and weed the gardens, spreading mulch, and other do-goodie type stuff to help tend the pool area. All this hard work helps contribute to the cleaning, well-being, and beautification of Barton Springs Pool.

Bring your happy and helpful attitude, and we’ll have pizza and snacks, refreshments, and one amazing immersive experience for giving a little back to Barton Springs!!!

Bathhouse View comic

 

September 7, 2017 — First Thursday Barton Springs Volunteer Cleaning!!!!

With this month’s jaunty boast, we taunt the faux floods here and invite folks to join Friends of Barton Springs Pool at next Thursday’s volunteer pool cleaning:

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
The Harvey Floods tried,
But couldn’t close our pool!

We’re expecting MASSIVE turnout from the good folks at C3 Presents, along with our stalwart supporters at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, so please join us at the Springs!  Also, please help us organize our upcoming activity by clicking the link below to learn more and sign up to help:

http://signup.com/go/GhfsrzE

Thanks for making a difference!

PS —  For something that rhymes with “Cleaning,” you can also attend the Living Springs Screening of “Wildlands” on Saturday, September 2 on the south side (7:30-8:30PM).  Hosted by Living Springs an Interactive Documentary about Barton Springs and Save Barton Creek Association, the 22-minute “Wildlands” documentary will showcase Austin’s water quality protection lands that Austin voters purchased to protect the aquifer. Learn about the significance and importance of preserving our aquifer lands. Swim before or after. Environmental groups will be on hand before the screening to talk about how you can get involved in community efforts to support the Springs, creeks and aquifer.

 

Aug. 8 Living Springs Screening Moved to ABGB

Due to inclement weather, the Living Springs retrospective screening scheduled for tomorrow (August 8) has been moved “indoors” to the Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co. (ALiving SpringsBGB), 1305 W Oltorf St, Austin, TX 78704.  Presented in conjunction with the Save Our Springs Alliance and the Save Barton Creek Association, this special screening marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Save Our Springs Ordinance, and will include special remarks from Brigid Shea, former head of S.O.S. and current Travis County Commissioner. Come learn some important Austin history about Austin’s favorite swimming hole!

Ground is the first documentary produced by Austin-based media producer, Karen Kocher. Although low-tech and a student project, the video nonetheless recounts some important history in the citizen-efforts to protect the Springs.

Come raise a glass with us.

Thanks, http://theabgb.com/

Barton Springs Volunteer Cleaning — August 3, 2017 (9am – 3pm)!!!!

In keeping with our recent tradition of sorts, here is the latest (and lamest) poetic invitation from Friends of Barton Springs Pool to join us at next Thursday’s volunteer pool cleaning:

There was once a place called Barton Springs Pool,
with water so clear and so deep and so cool,
but to give back we must…
show up on the third of August.
to brush broom the city’s crown jewel!

OK, it ain’t high quality poetry, but you get what you pay for, and if this helps grab your attention, please help us organize our upcoming activity by clicking the link below to learn more and sign up to help. Thanks for making a difference!

http://signup.com/go/ohgCgTz

We’re expecting big turnout from the good folks at Benchmark Recovery and our stalwart supporters at Austin Beer Garden Brewing Company, so we look forward to seeing you at the Springs!