June 4th Pool Cleaning!

Cheers for all the recent rain! But the floods have left our pool in need of even more TLC – so let’s love on our Barton Springs Pool and get it ready for the blazing heat of summer! Join the Friends of Barton Springs on June 4th for our 1st Thursday pool cleaning. 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, or the button below, 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 president@friendsofbartonspringspool.org

Pool cleanings take place in two-hour increments 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!

May 7 Volunteer Pool Cleaning — Great Success!

We had a great Thursday pool cleaning today.  Despite some early rain drops, the weather cleared, and our crew of brawny young men from Benchmark Center jumped in to clean up after the flooding rains yesterday closed the pool.  With the water drawn down, the staff biologists helped clean the habitat area while our vigorous crew of young men pulled out all kinds of skucleaningpoolnk and muck from the pool bottom for hauling to the compost area.  Another crew of volunteers hit the south side garden area to move mulch, aerate, weed, and tend to the gardens.  Yet another crew weeded the mulch under the tree by the bathhouse.

In addition to the Benchmark crew, quite a few of our regulars helped out, including Richard Maness, Wayne Kewley, Steve Barnick, Pat Cramer, Mary Black and Karen Miller.  In addition, we had super help from our newest board members, Ricky Martinez (who helped with setup and work) and Crispin Richey (who arranged for pizza, drinks, and some interesting communion wafer snacks from Fiesta), as well as supervisory help from Crispin’s mom, Nancy.  And as always, Marc Cubik helped with setup and organized the volunteer assignments, and Mike Cannatti brought the t-shirts.

Everyone’s help was most welcome, and we truly appreciate our volunteers.  It’s always fun to have the Benchmark men and women join us, and everyone left with pizza-breath and a new Friends of Barton Springs Pool t-shirt.