Prob’ly The Year’s Last Pool Cleaning — Thursday, October 2, 2014.

Please join Friends of Barton Springs Pool on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to scrub Barton Springs Pool clean.  The last big rain that swept through the pool is gone, leaving the pool a bit murky, but now that Barton Springs has been reopened, we’re hoping you’ll join us at the last volunteer cleaning opportunity for the summer season!  In addition to the usual 2-hour shifts between 10 am and 2 pm, we’ve also added two extra shifts, including a 4-6 pm shift for folks otherwise encumbered by school or work hours, so NO EXCUSES!  This is (possibly) the last glorious chance to prance about in the glorious cool spring waters, attending to the scrubbing, trimming, cleaning, weeding, and other upkeep needs of our lovely Barton Springs Pool.

So bring some friends! As always, food and refreshments will be supplied.

If you plan on attending, please email to RSVP!

You can also sign up for the cleaning on VolunteerSpot, by following these easy steps:

1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:

2. Enter your email address:(You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)

3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.

Pool cleanings take place in two-hour from 10-12 and 12-2.  We need three to ten volunteers for each shift along with experienced volunteers to serve as shift leaders.

At the seasonal monthly pool cleanings, FBSP volunteers scrub rocks, vacuum the pool bottom, clean algae off steps and railings, skim algae off the pool surface, plant flowers and help maintain the pool grounds, paint benches and trim, and generally lend a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible.

We look look forward to seeing you there!

Make that TWO Shout Outs from the Chronicle!!

In addition to the Chronicle’s “Best of Austin” Critic’s award for “Best Improved Entry to the Soul of Austin: Barton Springs Southside,” Barton Springs Pool also received the Reader’s award for “Best Swimming Hole:  Barton Springs“:

Enjoy howling at the moon? Love a good LARP? How about just a dunk into (what seems like) icy water on a sultry summer night? Okay, fine, this is a great place to go by daylight too. Right across Lady Bird Lake from downtown, this is the spot for that midday swim we wouldn’t recommend attempting in the lake. With nearby picnic tables and a toot-toot tour aboard the Zilker Zephyr handy, the springs make for an excellent family outing as well. But when the sun goes down and the admission follows suit, Barton is Austin’s nightswim nirvana.

Not that there was much suspense in the matter, given the past awards for Best Teen Hangout: Barton Springs (2013); Best Swimming Hole: Barton Springs (2013); Best Swimming Hole: Barton Springs (2012), Best Swimming Hole: Barton Springs Pool (2011), and the list goes on.

Shout Out from The Austin Chronicle!

All of us who have been swimming and working away at Barton Springs have seen the amazing improvements over the last year. And hopefully none of us are above taking credit for a job well done from The Austin Chronicle…

Cheers to everyone who has put in their hours to help be a part of “Improving the Entry in the Soul of Austin“! It’s that labor of love that has really made the difference.

Look for a post in the next few of days to sign up for our last cleaning of the season!