Tonight – Help Us Move the General Grounds Improvements Forward

Tonight, the Parks and Recreation Board and Environmental Board Joint Committee will discuss the general grounds improvements that are under consideration.  FBSP will be there to urge the City to move forward on these south side pool-area improvements, and we hope you will too!   The new amenities under consideration are:

  • A new fence: the prison-yard look of current chain link-with-barbed wire fence would be replaced with a fence made of wire mesh or iron bars.  It will be more attractive, and sturdier to resist vandals who cut the chain link to sneak into the pool.
  • A new gate: the new fence would be entered through a new, decorative wrought iron gate, between stone columns designed to match those on the Barton Springs Road entry to Zilker Park.  We believe this new gate would be a lovely, fitting entrance to the crown jewel of Austin.
  • A new ticket booth: a larger, more attractive and more comfortable and air-conditioned ticket booth would be built, with insulation and double pane windows to more efficiently keep out the heat.
  • More trees included in pool grounds: the current fenceline will be moved out to include the majestic pecan trees now just outside the pool grounds.  This will provide more shade inside the pool.  It will also make room for the proposed ADA trail that will descend through the wooded area to the diving board, providing access to the pool for disabled south side patrons.

Click here to see photos and drawings of the proposed work.  These improvements have been delayed too long already, let’s move forward to make the south side entrance a beautiful, welcoming gateway to the pool for all patrons!

The meeting will take place TONIGHT, Thursday, June 28, at 6:15 pm at the Zilker Botanical Gardens Auditorium (2220 Barton Springs Rd.).  Come out and show your support!

Beat the Heat, Join FBSP in Cleaning the Pool!

Come one come all to this season’s Friends of Barton Springs Pool cleanings! The first Thursday of each month we clean the pool and the surrounding area to help keep it a nice place to be for both humans and salamanders. The cleanings so far have been absolutely wonderful. We have had numerous groups come out, like Sweet Leaf Tea, the UT Hydrology Department and Americorps to name a few. These groups have been bringing such positive energy to the cleanings and really accomplishing tasks that can only be done with a group of twenty plus. So thank you to all the organizations that have been supporting our efforts here at Friends of Barton Springs Pool.

Of course we cannot forget our constants. Each cleaning has brought out the regulars and their dedicated cleanings abilities. Some sweep, some scrub, some plant but one thing is for certain…they all show up each month and do their part to help Barton Springs stay such a special place to enjoy. So come on out and join the crew. We have been having massive cleanings with upwards of 70 people per cleaning. If you feel like getting wet, meeting some folks and cleaning the pool than come join us at our next cleaning on July 5th. Email Service Director Thomas Schiefer at