Barton Springs wants you! To fight to be free from algae!

Clean the Pool on Thursday, July 1st!
Our nation was created and liberated with a fine group of volunteers doing what they believed was right.  Never underestimate the power and influence of the volunteers! (To polish the pool for Fourth of July weekend, its biggest day of the year!)  And before this communique gets too sentimental, sappy and patriotic, this is a call to all volunteers who believe in Barton Springs’ inalienable right to be free from the algae and scum whose encroaching tyranny would destroy the most perfect union of cool spring waters, summertime heat and glorious beauty endowed by our creator!  Not to mention that there is probably no finer way to spend a hot summer day frolicking with a scrub brush down at the pool, and we only get to do it once a month.
So, ye call to arms has been cried.  Join us this Thursday, July 1st for a  2 hour shift starting at 10 am and continuing until 6 pm.  Glory will be yours forever!

Please contact Jonathan Beall, service chair to sign up for your shift today!

Cleaning algae from the Pool on Earth Day
Cleaning algae from the Pool on Earth Day

June President’s Report

A picnic at Barton Springs Pool on a hot summer day

by Robin Cravey

 We work hard; we play hard; and we relax hard.  Saturday, June 19, was a time for some hard relaxing for the Friends.  Thanks to organizer Gary Beyer, the relaxing was easy. 

We set up the ol’ hospitality tent at the picnic grounds just outside the fence, and started the picnic with coffee and palaver with the board.  Coffee was courtesy of Austin Java.  New director Jesse Malone signed up members and made sure folks got their tee shirts. 

After some talk, a group of folks formed up to take a tour of the grounds with landscape architect Brad Burns.  We were honored to have former mayor Frank Cooksey take the tour with us.  The tour stopped at the glass rotunda, tree court, north grounds, south grounds, and accessible trail sites to talk about proposed improvements. 

By the time the tour got back to the picnic, grillmaster Jonathan Beall was rolling the hot dogs onto a platter.  We settled in to chow down.  Hot dogs and limeade! 

We presented the $7,500 check for proceeds from the Treeathlon to Ralph Webster, who accepted on behalf of the the Austin Parks Foundation.  The money will be dedicated to Barton Springs trees.  Pool Manager Wayne Simmons was also on hand for the festivities. 

We presented awards—certificates and pool passes— to six of our star volunteers.  First up was Nancy McCandless, one of the original three founders of the Friends and still a volunteer.  Tom Weber presented awards to Molly Bean and Steve Barnick for excellence in advocacy.  Jonathan Beall presented service awards to Jonathan Markoff, Mike Meier, and Booth O’Quinn.  We are grateful to have these and many other worthy volunteers. 

A tour of the grounds with landscape architect Brad Burns. 

A tour of the grounds with landscape architect Brad Burns.
A tour of the grounds with landscape architect Brad Burns.

  Emma Cravey drew tickets from the hat to present coupons from Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que and P.Terry’s Burgers to over a dozen lucky picnickers. 

The picnic closed with a round of Barton Springs Stories.  One by one picnickers came up to the microphone and told their favorite Barton Springs story.  Of course there were some fish (and turtle and eel!) stories. 

Quick Dips 

Our next major event will be “Council Cleans the Pool Day” on August 12.  It will be a good chance to push a broom with the mayor, councilmembers, and other elected officials, including Senator Kirk Watson!  What’s more, we will be able to drain the pool for this cleaning.  See the pool like you’ve never seen it before! 

Look for us at the Barton Hills Fourth of July Parade.  We’ll have a float in the parade, and the hospitality tent at the picnic.  Continue reading “June President’s Report”

Get to know boardmember Jesse Malone, Membership Chairman

How long have you been in Austin?
Born in Austin in 1981

Why did you join the Friends of Barton Springs Pool?
To try and bring the pool back to the glory days that I remember from my childhood through highschool.

What do you do during the day?
I am a Civil Engineer working for a private engineering firm.

What does Barton Springs Pool mean to you?
It is a place of fond memories. A place where I developed the love of water and swimming. A place where the water always helps me to relax.

Favorite local band or artist?
Luke Malone

My folks Pete and Mary still live in the house I grew up in on Treadwell about 5 blocks from the springs. I also have a brother, Luke, and a sister, Georgia.

Favorite moment volunteering for FBSP?
I have not had many moments todate however I do enjoy interacting with the members of FBSP and hearing from other pool enthusiasts.

Any hidden talents?
I am pretty good at relaxing/napping.

Describe your first experience at Barton Springs Pool…
Well I think it happened before my memory kicked in. My mom used to take me as a baby. As a child I really enjoyed trying to see how long I could hold my breath by swimming to the bottom of the pool under the diving board and holding onto a rock to keep me from floating to the surface. The view of looking up at the divers going into the water from below is beautiful. Continue reading “Get to know boardmember Jesse Malone, Membership Chairman”

Provide your feedback for next year’s budget

The City of Austin has created two online voting exercises where you can share your own priorities – both for ptoential reductions and for areas where they may need to enhance services. Please note that Parks has an item directly associated with pools under the section “Prioritize unmet demands”.

Please take the opportunity to vote and give your feedback by visiting the following website:

FBSP Presents $7,500 Check to Austin Parks Foundation for Treeathlon Proceeds

On June 19, 2010, proceeds from the First Annual Barton Springs Treeathlon were transferred to Austin Parks Foundation with a brief ceremony at the Friends of Barton Springs Pool picnic.  As shown below, Friends of Barton Springs Pool presented a check for $7,500 to Austin Parks Foundation for the Barton Springs Tree Fund.

The presented funds were the proceeds from the First Annual Barton Springs Treeathlon which occurred on April 10, 2010.  The donated funds were the result of Treeathlon sponsorship and registration proceeds above event costs, and will be used for tree care (including treating existing heritage trees) and planting new trees in and around the Barton Springs Pool.  Additional details are shown in the tree planting map below and posted at

The proceeds included not only registration fees from event participants, but also generous donations from the following community sponsors:

Zilker Zealot Sponsor:  Vinson & Elkins, LLP,

Philosopher’s Rocker Sponsors:  Silicon Labs and Hamilton & Terrile, LLP,

Towering Moonlighter Sponsors:  The High Ball, Save Barton Creek Association and Friends of Barton Springs Pool

Parthenia’s Pecan Sponsors:   Sara and John Marler, Karen and Philip Ingram, Perry Lorenz, Lori McClure and Joe Martin, Ryan and Kim Battle, High Five Events, Tacodeli, Barley & Pfeiffer Architects, Maudie’s Tex-Mex, Shady Grove, and Jack & Adams Bicycles

Eliza’s Elm Sponsors:  Karmadillo, Saint Arnold Brewing Co., 1379 Family Sports Shop, Bicycle Sport Shop, Live Oak Brewing Co., Yum-Yum Frozen Yogurt, Barton Springs Nursery, Maine Root, Caffé Medici, and Texas Rowing Center

We are truly grateful for the generous support for the Treeathlon event, and look forward to even more success next year.

You’re invited to… a Picnic by the Pool

You’re invited to a
Picnic by the Pool
by Friends of Barton Springs Pool.
Saturday, June 19, 2010, 11 am to 2 pm.
Gather ‘round the Friends of Barton Springs Pool Hospitality Tent.
It’ll be outside the fence, on the lawn west of the bathhouse.
Perk up with hot coffee courtesy of Austin Java!
Enjoy delicious hot dogs grilled to perfection by the FBSP grillmaster!
Refresh yourself with frosty cold drinks.
Get a load of this agenda:
Tour the future grounds improvements with architect Brian Larson!
Write your vision for the Pool in 100 words or less!
Tell your Barton Springs stories to record for posterity!
New and renewing members pick up glamorous new tee shirts!
Witness the exciting Volunteer Awards, including swim cards!
Talk about goals and projects with the FBSP board!
And that’s not all:
Ten picnickers will receive a $10 gift certificate to Uncle Billy’s! Five picnickers will receive a $5 gift certificate to P. Terry’s!
And after all that:
Take a quick dip, then head over to,
the after-party on the deck, 3 to 5 pm,
at Uncle Billy’s Brew & Que, 1530 Barton Springs.
Come on swimmers, show us some love!