March 5 Spring Cleaning at Barton Springs

Barton Springs! Spring Cleaning!! This Saturday!!! March 5!!!! Sign up at Austin Parks Foundation’s event page for a shift!!!!! YAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In order to fully and officially participate with the “It’s My Park Day” festivities provided by Austin Parks Foundation’s as a city-wide volunteer event, we are asking each volunteer to please register (or re-register, if you have already registered) by clicking here ( so that you can request a t-shirt and electronically sign the liability form.

We apologize for the extra step if you’ve already registered with our VolunteerSpot link, but we want to fully coordinate with It’s My Park Day since this is Austin Parks Foundation’s largest city-wide volunteer event with thousands of volunteers coming together on one day to work on hundreds of improvement projects in parks and greenbelts throughout the city. The volunteer labor on this single day represents an investment of over a quarter of a million dollars for Austin’s parks!

Thanks again for volunteering for this weekend’s workday and for helping Friends of Barton Springs Pool contribute to the largest It’s My Park Day event in history! Together we will not only improve our beloved Barton Springs, but parks across the city.

Thanks for your continued dedication to Barton Springs Pool!

Friends of Barton Springs Pool



“Living Springs” Screening at UT’s Belo Center, Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7:00 pm

You’re invited to a special indoor screening event to debut the latest work from Living Springs entitled “A Reflecting Pool” along with an extra screenings of “Cleaning Day” and “Mr. Habitat.”  The screening event will be at UT’s Belo Center for New Media Moody Auditorium, BMC 2.106 (300 W. Dean Keeton St.) on Thursday, March 3, beginning at 7 pm.  Addition screening event details are posted here.
Debuting is “A Reflecting Pool,” which recounts the Springs’ experience from 1912 to 1962 through the memories of those who lived the history, including the little known race history of Barton Springs.  The 20-minute film includes archival photos from private collections and the Austin History Center.  Archival film from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image and original recreations are woven together to tell the story.  Rounding out the show will be “Cleaning Day,” an entertaining and enlightening behind-the-scenes look at the unique stewardship practices that contribute to making the Springs an amazing place for humans and endangered species alike.  This video features the Barton Springs lifeguards, salamander biologists and community volunteers from the Friends of Barton Springs Pool.  The final screening of the evening is “Mr. Habitat,” a poignant portrait of Bill Oliver who penned the anthem for Barton Springs, “Barton Spring Eternal.”
To learn more about the Living Springs project, visit