Nature Day and Living Springs Pop-Up Memory Booth

IMG_2343We all had an awesome time participating in Austin’s Nature Day! There were all kinds of activities to enjoy including making Blind Eye Salamander headbands, checking out books from Austin Public Library’s pop-up library, chatting with Save Barton Creek and S.O.S. Alliance who were our booth neighbors, etc. One highlight for many of us was getting a chance to follow one of the environmental biologists on staff down the Eliza Springs Amphitheater, which is normally fenced off. There were all kinds of cool fun facts to learn about the springs. Like how the amphitheater was originally built in 1922 around the spring as an innovative way to create a naturally cool area for community members to meet. Lovely idea – but no doubt we can also give three cheers to air conditioning in these parts!

A truly “memorable” event of the day was headed up by the Living Springs documentary crew as they hosted a “Pop-Up Memory Booth” where Barton Springs enthusaists were invited to come and share their stories, memories and love of Barton Springs on camera for one of their next installments in the series. Some of the people who shared stories have been swimming at the pool since the early 1970s. How wonderful that the stories from those years of swimming will be captured in this production. It will be really great to get the chance to see who else shared and what their stories are when the episode is complete.

Many thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth to buy a t-shirt, sign up for a cleaning or just spread some goodwill. What better way to spend an afternoon than among other community and spring water loving people? Such a great opportunity.

New Board Member — Crispin Richey

At the April FBSP Board Meeting, we elected Crispin Richey to serve on the board as our Fun Chair.  Sounds fun, right?  We are delighted to bring the passion and volunteer spirit of Crispin (as well as the blessings of his mom, Nancy) to the Friends of Barton Springs Pool board, and look forward to working with him to a help return the pool to its rightful glory.

Love Barton Springs? Share Your Story!

Please join us on Nature Day (Saturday, April 25th from noon to 4pm) at Barton Springs Pool to celebrate a new installation of Living Springs, an interactive documentary by filmmaker Karen Kocher.  All Friends of Barton Springs Pool are invited to share their memories, thoughts, and stories at the Living Springs Pop-Up Studio and learn about the history of Barton Springs.  Sign up here or just show up!


Join the Friends May 7th!

Join us May 7th, for our 1st Thursday pool cleaning! The weather is heating up and soon we’ll all be headed for the Springs in droves to cool off – so let’s give our pool some TLC to get it ready for it’s busiest season. Join the Friends of Barton Springs and sign up for a 2 hour shift between 10-2:00 pm to come help clean the pool.

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

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

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities 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.

You can also sign up or direct your questions to

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.

So come roll up your sleeves, bring a friend, have a snack and enjoy the company of other Barton Springs enthusiasts. We look look forward to seeing you there!