Get to know board member: Emma Cravey, Fun Director

How long have you been in Austin?

Emma Cravey, Fun Director
Emma Cravey, Fun Director

Since I was born!  I did live in Washington, DC for four years after college, but I’ve been back in Austin for three years and I’m glad to be back.

Why did you join the Friends of Barton Springs Pool?

To help keep this beautiful natural resource in the best condition possible for the whole community to enjoy.

What do you do during the day?

I work at the state bike advocacy and education group, BikeTexas.

What does Barton Springs Pool mean to you?

It is one of the best assets Austin has to offer.  Growing up in Zilker, I have always thought of Barton Springs as my neighborhood pool.

Favorite local band or artist?

I love to go dancing on Thursdays at the Broken Spoke, when Jesse Dayton plays.

My parents live about a mile away from me in Zilker, in the house where I grew up.  I also have a cat, Mr. Biscuits.

Favorite moment volunteering for FBSP?

Our Earth Day pool cleaning – we had such a great turnout, and it was fun to watch how much fun all the volunteers were having!  Least favorite moment is

Any hidden talents?
Cooking good food from produce I grew in my garden… I’m also surprisingly good at skeeball.

Describe your first experience at Barton Springs Pool…

I don’t remember, because I have been going there since I was very young.  I do remember the simultaneous excitement and apprehension of jumping off the diving board as a kid!  Other fond childhood memories are swimming across the pool with friends and paying for our concession stand burritos with wet dollar bills, chasing minnows in the shallow end and lying on my towel under the cottonwood trees with the cotton fluffs floating in the air.

How long have you been a member of FBSP?

Since March 2010.

Besides BSP, where is your favorite hangout in Austin?

South Austin!  Specifically, Polvo’s and the Barton Springs Saloon.

Favorite author?
For fiction, I love Jane Austen.  For nonfiction, I like to read Michael Pollan’s books about our food system.

Favorite quote?
I am never any good at remembering things like this!

Collegiate days?

I went to UT, and graduated in 2001 with a BA in History and Spanish.

Beer of choice?
512 Wit – local and delicious.