Early in 2006, a few regular Barton Springs Pool swimmers were frustrated by the declining water quality and condition of the pool and decided to do something about it. They formed Friends of Barton Springs Pool, a group dedicated to returning the pool to its rightful glory.

Meet our board members.

Learn about our history.

Our Mission

The Friends of Barton Springs Pool creates a community of people dedicated to restoring, improving and maintaining the pool and surrounding grounds through organizing, advocacy, volunteer work, education and fun.

We work to inspire an appreciation of the rich history of Barton Springs Pool and pride in this natural treasure.  We honor the pool’s sensitive environment and work to preserve and protect it so that we, and generations long after ours, can continue to enjoy the cool, clean spring waters.

Our Vision

The Friends of Barton Springs Pool is an organization of individuals dedicated to restoring Barton Springs pool to its rightful glory.

We recognize that the people of Austin have inherited Barton Springs, a rare natural-bottomed, spring-fed swimming pool in a busy city.

We respect the source of the waters that emerge at the springs in Zilker Park and the diverse ecosystem that they support within the watersheds that feed the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer.

We support and encourage improvements that protect the flora and fauna of Barton Springs pool, the only home of the endangered Barton Springs Salamander.

We celebrate the restoration and beautification of the pool, and advocate for renovation of the pool grounds, the bathhouse, and public facilities that frame the springs.

We dedicate our efforts to preserving and improving the water quality so it can be enjoyed by future generations who swim in and gather around Barton Springs Pool.


Download our bylaws.

FBSP Members Cleaning the Pool