October President’s Report

Restoring the grand rotunda

Pool’s public face will one day welcome swimmers again.

The beautiful glass rotunda that greeted swimmers entering the Pool for many years will be restored to the central role to match its central location in the not-too-distant future.

To remove the high foot traffic from the tree court, moving the entrance to the Pool has been promoted from a long-term project to a short-term one.  This will also have the benefit of shortening waiting lines on summer days by allowing as many as five cashiers to take admission fees.  And it will restore the grand public face of the Pool that the central glass rotunda presents.

Parks landscape architect Marty Stump has presented some good ideas for the tree court at recent meetings.  As we worked through the agonizing decisions over sawing or sparing old and declining trees over the summer, it became clear that the packed earth, pavement, and planters in the tree court were suffocating the root zones of the trees.  Marty is working on a plan to change that.

Emily Little, architect, has volunteered to work with Parks staff to help make the restoration of the rotunda as the main Pool entrance a reality.  Emily is a member of the  Austin Heritage Society and the Barton Springs Plan Coordinating Committee.
Once this grand entrance has been restored, people won’t have to ask, Hey, can you tell me how to get into the Pool?

Short-term projects back in forward motion

Sara Hensley makes the call

At last we are moving again.  Parks Director Sara Hensley decided last week that PARD will move ahead with grounds improvements and other short-term projects.  Assistant director Stuart Strong announced the decision at a stakeholder meeting on September 30.
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Get to know Board Member Clarke Hammond

Clarke and Mayor Lee Leffingwell at Council Cleans the Pool Day

How long have you been in Austin?
Since 1979 – 30 years.
What do you do during the day?
Work for the City of Austin Office of the City Auditor
How long have you been a member of FBSP?
This is my 3rd year.
What does Barton Springs Pool mean to you?
The absolute heart and soul of Austin. It is a healing place where you can always run into a friend or make a new friend.  Austinites and tourists from all over the world come to visit the Springs because it is such an energizing place!
Favorite local band or artist?
Warren Hood, The Bellevue Gang, Mt. Righteous (Grapevine, Tx)
You came to Austin because?
Transferred here because of work but wound up living on a 700 acre rent free ranch on Spicewood Springs Road so I went back to school to work on post graduate work.  Spent a lot of time exploring the Balcones Headlands and throwing wild parties.
Are you involved in any other volunteer projects?
The Heritage Society, The Austin Clean Water Program, former Commissioners on the Zoning and Platting Commission, and current Boardmember on the Board of Adjustment. Continue reading “Get to know Board Member Clarke Hammond”

Volunteer Opportunity 10/15

Come and help the Service Committee clean Barton Springs Pool next week. Details below:

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 10am – 6pm

Shifts will be in 2-hr segments: 10a-12p, 12p-2p, 2p-4p, 4p-6p

Please contact Annie Walker to sign up or fill the form out below: service@friendsofbartonspringspool.org

Please click here for the info on pool cleaning.

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