Cheers to Austin Parks Foundation!

FBSP wants to give a big (though somewhat belated) THANK YOU to the Austin Park Foundation for their 2015 grant that allowed us to make the following purchases:

– 2 Fiskars Shovels (the world’s best!)
– Mattock (big pick ax)
– Weasel Weed Puller
– Razor-Back Flat Shovel
– Pendulum Lawn Edger
– 3 Safety Hoses (100 ft/yellow)
– 1 Hose (100 ft/red & black)
– Ace 2-Wheel Wheelbarrow
– 2 Job Site Brooms
– 3 Bulls-Eye Nozzles
– 5 Heavy-Duty Push Brooms
– 2 Stiff Small Stand Up Brooms
– 1 Dust Pan
– 1 Half Moon Shovel
– 1 Bush Axe
– 1 Fiskars Manual Lawn Mower
– 12 Pairs of Gardening Gloves
– 24 6″ x 3.8″ Scouring Pads
– 1 Size 8 Hip Waders
– 1 Size 11 Water Boot

That’s a lot of stuff! Wouldn’t you agree? If you don’t know what some of it is, be sure to come to our final pool cleaning of the season, next week, on Thursday October 1st. We will be putting all of this new stuff to use – great tools make for gratifying work.




October 1st Pool Cleaning

Sign up for our October 1st pool cleaning – our last cleaning of the year! Barton thanks you from the bottom of its Springs for all your help this keeping the pool tidy and in prime swimming condition. Remember, our pool’s spring water magically starts to feel warmer as the temperatures cool off so there is still great swimming to be had as we enter the cooler months! And a big thanks to ABGB as always for inviting us for free pizza after we clean and making our monthly cleanings one of their amazing “Hell Yes” projects.

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

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!