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: Service@FriendsofBartonSpringsPool.org 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: Service@FriendsofBartonSpringsPool.org 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: Wayne.Simmons@ci.austin.tx.us

It’s your pool… help keep it clean!

Upcoming Volunteer Opportuny: Cleaning the Pool 2/28

We will be cleaning the Pool on Saturday, February 28 from 10AM to 6PM and we need your help!
Please contact Annie Buckman at service@friendsofbartonspringspool.org to schedule a 2 hour shift to clean the Pool.

Information about cleaning the Pool:
At the seasonal monthly pool cleanings, FBSP volunteers scrub rocks, vacuum the pool bottom, clean algae off steps and railings, skim algae off the pool surface, plant flowers and help maintain the pool grounds, paint benches and trim, and generally lend a hand to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible.

Volunteering to help with the pool cleanings is a great way to learn more about the Pool. Once you’re in the pool wrestling the floor buffer or swimming along with the giant algae skimmer, you’ll begin to understand how the water flows through the pool, where the main springs are, what creatures live in the pool and where, and how we can continue to improve pool cleaning and maintenance practices.

Pool cleanings usually take place in three or four two-hour shifts—usually 10–12, 12–2, 2–4, and 4–6. We need three or four volunteers for each shift along with experienced volunteers to serve as shift leaders. Volunteers who clean the pool four hours annually become members of FBSP without having to pay dues.

Next volunteer opportunity is on Saturday, March 7th.

Spring Cleaning: Pool will be closed

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department Aquatic Division will close Barton Springs Pool February 23, 2009 through March 14, 2009, for its annual spring cleaning.

During the closure of the Pool, FBSP will be hosting two volunteer cleaning dates on Saturday, February 28 and Saturday, March 7th.

Please contact Annie Buckman, our service chair, to volunteer to help us clean the pool. You can email her at service@friendsofbartonspringspool.org.

Master Plan passes 7-0

Today the city council has agreed that Barton Springs Pool deserves renovation, better water quality, and preservation. It passed the Master Plan with a vote of 7-0!

Thank you all for sending emails to the city council, attending the press conference, and coming to city hall today! Our hard work has paid off and today we will celebrate a much needed victory for Barton Springs Pool.

Master Plan Coverage in the News:
News 8 Austin
Austin American Statesman

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