27 Apr

May 4, 2017 — A Spring Barton Springs Cleaning Volunteer Opportunity

Hark, the herald angels sing!
It’s time for all to clean the Springs!
So join us on the Fourth of May…
to scrub the algae scum away!


On Thursday, May 4 (9am to 3pm), volunteers can help clean Barton Springs by helping yank invasives, brush and clean the stair rails and sidewalls, pot plants (it’s not what it sounds like), aerate and weed the lawn and gardens, spread mulch, excavate rocks, shovel sediment, and move the debris to the compost area by rolling wheelbarrows outside the pool area. All this hard work helps contribute to the cleaning, well-being, and beautification of Barton Springs Pool. TacoDeli tacos and refreshments will be provided, but bring your own attitude!!!

Volunteers can choose from 3 two hour shifts, starting at 9am.  Please sign up for a shift at the SignUp link (http://signup.com/go/HxBnAms) to help spiff up the pool.

We are truly grateful for all the support from Austin Parks Foundation which makes our cleaning days possible, including generous grant support to buy tools and cleaning equipment.  Muchas thankyous @austinparksfdn!

21 Apr

You Are Invited to Attend the 2017 Give 5 to Mother Earth Day Kickoff Event!

Friday, April 21st, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. // JuiceLand, 2828 Guadalupe (29th & Guadalupe)

Join us for a morning celebration of the 8th annual Give 5 to Mother Earth Day at JuiceLand! Eat, Shop & Play at more than 160 business locations donating 5% of sales this Friday to Give 5 to Mother Earth’s 9 nonprofit beneficiaries.

Mayor Pro Tem Tovo will read the City Council’s Proclamation declaring April 21st to be Give 5 to Mother Earth Day in the City of Austin, and speakers from JuiceLand and Alamo Drafthouse will present as well. The morning will be emceed by George Cofer of the Hill Country Conservancy.

JuiceLand will provide free Yerba Mate shots and a 10% discount to all attendees between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. and breakfast tacos will be available.

ALL ARE INVITED! Please feel free to spread the word.

Give 5 Day Kickoff Agenda

Give 5 Day 2017 Participating Businesses

Following the kickoff celebration, our friends George Cofer of the Hill Country Conservancy and Colin Wallis of the Austin Parks Foundation will be leading the Magical Mystery Bike Tour, a day-long bike cruise around town to visit some our sponsors and business partners. Everyone is invited to attend! 

Magical Mystery Bike Tour Agenda

City Council’s Give 5 to Mother Earth Day Proclamation


21 Apr

Give 5% to Mother Earth Day

It’s time, Friends! TODAY, April 21, is Give 5% to Mother Earth Day, and once again FBSP is proud to participate in this Earth Day campaign that raises funds and awareness for nine nonprofits working to protect and preserve our Central Texas environment.  Now in its 8th year, our generous local business sponsors for Give 5 Day will pledge to donate 5% of gross sales on April 21st to the Give 5 fund, which is split equally between all nine of our nonprofit beneficiaries, including FBSP.  So click the link above to find out where to eat, drink and shop to support the environment today (April 21)!  You will be supporting some great local businesses, as well as helping keep our environment clean, our parks tidy, our springs pristine, our trees aplenty, our open spaces preserved, and so much more!  #austingive5 #eatshopplay
13 Apr

Mayor Steve Adler Proclaims April 21st Give 5 Day in Austin

Mayor Steve Adler has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, April 21, 2017 as “Give 5 to Mother Earth Day” in Austin.  In the proclamation, Mayor Adler applauds the commitment of the local businesses and nonprofits coming together on Give 5 Day in order to protect and preserve our Central Texas environment.

“In order to successfully protect our natural resources and our Earth as a whole, our entire community – including local political leaders, community leaders, and business owners – must work together,” Adler wrote. “I call on all Austinites to join me in thanking the participating businesses for generously donating a portion of their sales [in honor of] Earth Day, and I urge citizens to celebrate Earth Day by patronizing these businesses.”

Friends of Barton Springs Pool sends a YOOOGE thank you to Mayor Adler for his support of our campaign, and we join him in urging all Austinites to get out on April 21st and “eat, shop, & play” at participating businesses!

Join us for a special Give 5 kickoff celebration the morning of Friday, April 21st at 10 a.m. at the JuiceLand location at 29th & Guadalupe! RSVP on Facebook for the latest updates.

6 Apr

Spring Cleaning Today (April 6)

Barton thanks you from the bottom of its Springs for all your help keeping the pool clean and in prime swimming condition! You can volunteer TODAY by coming down to help, starting at 9 am. Bring some friends and a scrubby attitude, and we’ll entertain you with the beautiful pool scenery, we’ll fortify your soul by getting your help to clean the Springs, and we’ll feed your tummy with yummy Tacodeli tacos.  JOIN US!!!!

28 Mar

April 6 — First FBSP Pool Cleaning Event for 2017!!!!

To (belatedly) open the 2017 season, Friends of Barton Springs Pool will have or first volunteer pool cleaning on Thursday, April 6, 2017, with 2-hour shifts starting at 9am. No, it didn’t really seem like winter was ever here, and now that Spring has sprung, it’s time for Friends to leap back into action (and into the pool!).  Come the pool in its pristine and uncrowded state while also helping “give back” to Barton Springs. So here’s your personal invite to come take care of Barton Springs Pool, our beloved watering hole. Cleaning projects include push-brooming the pool bottom of the shallow end, scrubbing algae from the sides, rails, and stairs, and helping with landscape efforts to beautify the grounds, including weeding the lawn and gardens, turning the mulch, 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!

Volunteers get dirty in the pool.

Volunteers get dirty in the pool.

Please sign up for a shift at our SignUp page (http://signup.com/go/MRckft), and we’ll have best breakfast tacos in Austin, Dallas, and Houston, courtesy of Tacodeli!  Yum!

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