8 Mar

#Amplify FBSP is ON!!!!

Please support and Amplify Friends of Barton Springs Pool!


7 Mar

#Amplify ATX begins tomorrow, March 8 (6pm) through March 9 (6PM).

Please Help Amplify Friends of Barton Springs Pool!

Your gift to Amplify Friends of Barton Springs Pool will help restore, Barton Springs Pool to its rightful glory.  With your support, we can improve and maintain Barton Springs Pool through our work to organize volunteer pool cleanings, advocate on behalf of the pool, educate the public about water quality and the pool conditions, throw fun parties, and 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.

Please make or schedule a supporting donation here at our Amplify Austin page.   With a small $10 or $20 donation from each Friend, we can do some great things for Barton Springs!!!!


2 Mar

Three Great Tips for Screening, Supporting, and Cleaning Barton Springs!!

We have three wonderful suggestions for our wonderful Friends of Barton Springs Pool for Screening, Supporting and Cleaning Barton Springs!

First, check out Living Springs’ debut screening of the “A Reflecting Pool” tomorrow (March 3 at 7 pm) at UT’s Belo Center for New Media Moody Auditorium. The film recounts the Springs’ experience from 1912 to 1962, including the little known race history of Barton Springs. The screening will also include extra screenings of “Mr. Habitat” and “Cleaning Day” which features the Barton Springs lifeguards and staff and community volunteers from the Friends of Barton Springs Pool. Addition screening event details are posted at https://www.facebook.com/events/635391156593046/.

Second, help Amplify Friends of Barton Springs Pool by making or scheduling a supporting donation at our Amplify Austin page, https://amplifyatx.ilivehereigivehere.org/FriendsOfBartonSpringsPool/overview. With a small $10 or $20 donation from each Friend, you can help restore, improve and maintain the pool through organizing, advocacy, volunteer work, education and fun.

Lastly, you can still grab a cleaning shift at our March 5 “It’s My Park Day” Spring Cleaning at Barton Springs. To register, go to the Austin Park’s Foundation’s sign-up page (https://austinparks.givepulse.com/…/16468-Barton-Springs-Po…) and when the page opens, click the “Register” link or button, enter the information for your t-shirt size, number of minors and liability form, register for your shift(s), and check the liability waiver.

We look forward to seeing you at the Springs!

29 Feb

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 (https://austinparks.givepulse.com/event/16468-Barton-Springs-Pool-Spring-Cleaning) 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



25 Feb

“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 www.livingspringsaustin.org.
30 Nov

Final Purchases made from Austin Parks Foundation Grant

Let’s give one last cheer for the Austin Park Foundation Grant that gave us the chance to purchase all the following in the last year:

– Expandable 50 foot hose
– 50 green scrubbers
– 12 copper scrubbers
– 1 thachet rake
– 2 regular rakes
– Snake tongs
– Dog catcher pole
– 3 Plastic buckets
– Metal Baby Garbage Can
– 1 Plastic Bin
– Screw Extractor
– 1 package cleaning cloths
– 2 hose nozzles
– 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! And if you want to see what some of it does, stay tuned for our pool cleanings when they ramp up again in March. You would be surprised how fun a lot of this cleaning equipment is to use!

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