2021 Polar Bear Plunge Canceled

Hi friends. We have some sad news to share: the New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunge has been canceled.

We are so bummed, but we look forward to many more joyous days at the pool.

And remember, the pool is currently still open on a limited schedule if you need a fix.

Austin Parks and Recreation Department wants to see your past NYD photos with the hashtag:
#polarplungeatx
Please tag us, too!

via the City of Austin Government:
In consultation with Austin Public Health and City leadership, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department will not open Barton Springs Pool on January 1, 2021 (New Year’s Day), and the 2021 Polar Bear Plunge event is canceled.

This decision was made after careful consideration of the local characteristics of the virus and related community priorities. It’s been determined that this event should not proceed during Stage 4: COVID-19: Risk-Based Guidelines.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department would like to commemorate the Polar Bear Plunge, and asks prior attendees share photos/videos of past events on social media using the hashtag #polarplungeatx.

The Department hopes for a return to this time-honored tradition in 2022 while this year Austinites share their memories of prior Plunges.

For more information on City pool schedules, visit austintexas.gov/pools.

The pool reopens- again!

Hi friends!

The pool is now open every morning from 5 AM to 8 AM. No lifeguards will be present.  Swim at your own risk.

The pool is open Tuesday Friday Saturday Sunday from 8 AM to 10 PM with lifeguards.

Your temperature will be taken upon entry. Please wear a mask around the pool deck when not actively getting in or out of the pool. capacity at the pool is limited and when reached will be one in and one out.

See you at the pool.  Bring a friend!

 

 

The Pool Re-Opens!

Hi friends!

The Good News:
The pool re-opens June 9th! The pool will open every day at 5 a.m. for a swim-at-your-own risk session until 7 a.m. On Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, following an hour of cleaning, the pool will be open for 2-hour reservations between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. Get your reservations at austintexas.gov !

The Bad News:
We don’t have a date for our next  volunteer pool cleaning session yet. Stay tuned!

Friends of Barton Springs Pool Volunteer Cleaning Day!

Friends of Barton Springs Pool has monthly Volunteer Pool Cleanings on the First Thursday of every month, beginning March 5, 2020.

Join us for one (or more) 2-hour shifts starting at 9am.

Come see the pool in its pristine and uncrowded state. While you’ll be helping “give back” to Barton Springs Pool, you’ll find that you’ve also given yourself the best feeling, too.

Volunteers can help with push-brooming the pool bottom of the shallow end. Scrubbing algae from the sides, rails, and stairs. Helping with landscape efforts to beautify the grounds with weeding, spreading and turning the mulch. Lending a hand wherever needed to make the pool and grounds as clean and beautiful as possible.

Bring a friend if you can. Come prepared to get wet, have a snack, and enjoy the company of other Barton Springs Pool enthusiasts!

ENTRANCE NOTE: The pool is closed on Thursdays. You’ll still come in the main entrance. Our check-in station is right outside the main office. Speak friend and enter!

Join the facebook event and share with/invite your friends! https://www.facebook.com/events/1762852917179475/

 

FBSP DECEMBER-2019 PRESIDENT’S REPORT

Friends,

The end of the year is nearly here and FBSP is excited once again to participate in the annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Years’ Day! We hope to see you all at the Pool this New Years’ Day to greet the new decade with a refreshing dip in the clear calm waters of Barton Springs and give a warm welcome to our 2020 FBSP Board.

Visit us at our booth on the south side of the Pool anytime between 9:30 and 4:00 on January 1 to meet our new Board, get information about membership and volunteering, and of course, to grab your 2020 Polar Bear Plunge swag!

Before the holidays, the 2019 FBSP Board welcomed three new members to its group of dedicated volunteers. After much deliberation, I decided the time had come to pass the torch to a new president and I am thrilled to announce that Stacey Buchanan will take over the role of president for the 2020 season. Stacey is an enthusiastic supporter of Barton Springs Pool and I am confident she will carry out the mission of the FBSP organization dutifully and faithfully. FBSP additionally welcomes David Cochran to the role of Vice President (replacing Ashley Todd who assumes the treasurer chair for the 2020 season) who will steer our ongoing efforts with the aquatic planting project, and Mark Jensen, who joins us as a talented and much-needed communications
chair.

PLEASE WELCOME OUR 2020 BOARD!!
President: Stacey Buchanan
Vice President: Dave Cothran
Treasurer: Ashley Todd
Secretary: Sarah Williams
Advocacy: Mike Cannatti
Communications: Mark Jensen
Fun: Carole Geffen
Fundraising: Brian Keogh
Membership: Renee Weissend
Service: Marc Czo

Update on the Aquatic Plant Nursery at Zilker Botanical Garden 

A huge thank you to the Barton Springs Conservancy which was able to secure grant funding for this project and to the Zilker Botanical Garden which agreed to set up a nursery for aquatic plans that will support increased aquatic plantings in the Pool. FBSP is shepherding more than 130 plants its volunteers added to the Pool this year with high hopes the plants will survive until spring and increase the biodiversity that is critical to the Pool’s ecosystem!

As my final duty as president, I personally would like to welcome Stacey, David and Mark to the Board, offer a huge thank you to the Board’s continuing members all of whom tirelessly serve FBSP year-round, Sarah Williams, Carole Geffen, Marc Czo, Ashley Todd, Renee Weissend, Mike Cannatti, and Brian Keough, and bid a fond farewell to Laurie Evans, who served as a superior advocate for the Pool and I know will continue to do so in her future endeavors. I feel humbled to have served in the role of President for so long and am grateful the Austin community is fortunate enough to have so many faithful stewards of Barton Springs Pool. I am jazzed about this new board and am looking forward to my role as a past president and proud future member of FBSP.

See you at the pool,
Steve Barnick, Past President