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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