Tree Assessment will bring changes to Pool grounds

In 2006 the Friends of Barton Springs Pool warned that trees in the pool area needed attention.  City council funded a study and evaluation of the trees.  The study has been delivered.  Some trees must be removed, some will receive care, and some new trees will be planted.

Friends vice president Robin Cravey commented, “Tree removals hurt, but sometimes they are necessary.  The benefit is that new trees will be planted, and many of the trees standing will get much-needed arbor care.”

The Barton Springs Tree Assessment Report and Action Plan will be presented to the Joint Committee of the Parks and Environmental Boards on Monday evening at 6:30 pm.  Also on the agenda are reports on Barton Springs Gravel Removal, Barton Springs Bypass Tunnel, and Barton Springs Short-Term Projects.  Representative of Friends of Barton Springs will attend the meeting.

Read the tree study at:

Tree Assessment
Tree Assessment

Call for Board Members

This is a call for board members to be elected at the April membership meeting on Saturday, April 25th (you can subscribe to our calendar to stay updated with FBSP events).

We are in need of:
Vice President
Advocacy Chair
Fun Chair

Anyone interested please contact Steve Barnick at:

Southgate access in the evening is closed.

The southgate access has been closed for the evenings due to citizens not obeying the rules during that time. It will be accessable during the morning free swim times and a notice of the exact hours for accessability will be posted at the southgate.

If you remember in earlier discussions folks were bringing in coolers, dogs and engaging in other activities that are against the rules within the pool grounds. We sent out announcements requesting that folks should be more responsible. We requested that the park police increase there patrols in that area. Unfortunately that did not work.

NOTE: This is a safety issue for all users of the pool that are obeying the rules because a staff member is taken away to deal with violators on the south side which increases the risk of managing the rest of the pool.

We will continue to work towards finding a solution that will hopefully one day allow access to the southgate in the evenings in the future but until then it is what it is…:(

Steve Barnick
FBSP President

Thank you volunteers!

Greetings Volunteers!!!

Thanks for two great weekends of successful cleanings! I’m sure everyone’s excited that the pool is open again 🙂

We were able to accomplish quite a lot both Saturdays:

– Trimmed plants around pool & outside front entrance
– Painted trim of main building and bathhouses
– Weeded areas around the grounds
– 20 pallets of sod placed on north & south hills
– 20 aquatic plants prepared for transfer into the springs
– Swept shallow end of pool
– Finished raking leaves along the south hill
– Mulch distributed outside front entrance of pool
– Flowers & vegetation planted outside front entrance
– Painted benches inside bathhouses
– Floating algae removed around the pool
– Handrails scrubbed

Additional appreciation goes to the previous Friends of Barton Springs Pool Members whose generous donations help provide the volunteers and pool staff with vital tools needed to accomplish the tasks above (and more), the Austin Parks Foundation for coordinating another successful It’s My Park Day!

Day event, FBSP for the snacks donated for the 2/28 cleaning, and Wheatsville Co-Op for the delicious snacks provided on Sat 3/7.

For those of you who registered with the Austin Parks Foundation on their website by March 4th for It’s My Park! Day, please send me an email if you did not receive a t-shirt. Unfortunately, they ran out of Small and Medium size t-shirts so all I received were Large t-shirts. I’m not sure who all received t-shirts on Saturday (3/7/09) but I received 19 t-shirts and have 7 left. Please let me know if you did not receive a t-shirt and if L is okay or a different size is preferred & I will contact the Austin Parks Foundation to see if any other sizes (other than L) were returned.

Everyone who volunteered BOTH Saturdays (2/28 & 3/7) have earned a Friends of Barton Springs Pool t-shirt! We have S – XXL available, so if you got the wrong size or didn’t get one at all, please let me know. We have our annual FBSP Membership meeting at the Splash Exhibit on Saturday, April 25th at NOON where you can pick up or trade your FBSP t-shirt at that time, and meet the rest of the FBSP Board. We do have some vacancies on the board this coming spring, so if you are interested in being more involved, we welcome you to join us!!!

We have added a few more events to our calendar including the Full Moon Swims, and the next sub-committee meeting for the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan (improvements/renovations for the pool & grounds). Coming up, we will be posting pictures from our cleanings and the dates for our future pool cleanings! I will send out another email with the cleaning dates for the swim season once they are confirmed.

Thank you all again for your assistance & we hope to see you at the pool
again soon!

~ Annie Buckman
FBSP Service Chair,

Volunteer Opportunity: Spring Cleaning 3/7

Barton Springs Pool is closed from (Mon) Feb 23rd until (Fri) March 13th.

Come volunteer with the Friends of Barton Springs Pool!

Volunteers will be helping to scrub the sides & bottom of the pool to get ready for this next swim season! Miscellaneous jobs will also be assigned as needed including: painting, trash pick up, trimming, planting, and mulching flower beds around the grounds.

Please check the weather forecast & dress accordingly. We recommend you bring: clothing you don’t mind getting dirty, swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, hat, grip sandals (or water socks), and closed-toed shoes. If you have any gardening gloves, please bring a pair in case we run out as some of the duties can cause blisters. You will be permitted to use the showers when done with your shift; keep in mind that the staff will be cleaning so post a lookout at the dressing room door if you feel the need. At the beginning of your shift, please let the shift leader know of any jobs you do not feel you can do.

Ages 14 & above are welcome. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian available to sign a waiver on their behalf for the March 7th cleaning.

FBSP Cleaning Days:

Contact: to sign up for as many shifts as you would like!

Saturday, March 7th, 2009 (It’s My Park! Day)
(2 shifts)
10am – 2pm
2pm – 6pm

Sign up through the Austin Parks Foundation Website.

Contact: if you have any questions.

If you are interested in helping out while the pool is closed for Spring Cleaning during a weekday, contact Wayne Simmons with the City of Austin Parks & Rec Aquatics Dept:

It’s your pool… help keep it clean!