Hermine Floods Barton Springs Pool

Many of you may have visited the Pool yesterday and saw the flooding caused by Hermine. For those of you that haven’t, below is posted footage and pictures to let you know what happens when Barton Springs Pool floods. We owe a special thanks to Mike, Brian, and Jesse for contributing this footage.

Video courtesy of Brian Abernethy: Hermine Floods Barton Springs 9/8/10

Video courtesy of Mike Dobberfuhl Flooding of Barton Springs Pool on 08 Sep 2010

Video Courtesy of Jesse Malone

Video Courtesy of Jesse Malone

Structural repairs to take place at Barton Springs Pool

To read the full story in the Austin American Statesman, click here.

By Marty Toohey, Asher Price
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Barton Springs Pool has serious structural damage and will probably need to be closed for six months or more for repairs, according to city officials.

Those officials said they don’t know when the pool would close. Numerous factors, including the health of endangered salamanders living nearby, will play a part in that decision.

The damage does not pose an immediate safety hazard to the swimmers, sunbathers and others who use Barton Springs Pool, according to a Monday city memorandum written by the directors of the city’s parks and environmental protection departments. But if the city does not make repairs, the damage could worsen, eventually making the pool unsafe and threatening the salamanders.

“Not making any repairs … is not a realistic option,” the city memo said.

The repairs could cost $2.4 million to $4.7 million.

The damage is to an underground tunnel that runs parallel to the pool on its north side, underneath the sidewalk. During heavy rains, the tunnel shunts excess dirty water from the creek that feeds Barton Springs Pool. The tunnel is about 6 feet high and 10 feet wide.

City officials discovered cracks in the tunnel in October when the pool level began dropping, city spokeswoman Stephanie Lott said. As a temporary fix, the city put bricks and stones into the tunnel to equalize pressure with the pool.

More holes, none bigger than a pad of paper, have formed since then. There are now about a dozen holes.

“The structure has reached the end of its useful life,” said Stan Evans, an engineer with the city’s Watershed Protection and Development Review Department. “It’s just like when you wear a car out. We’re now in the process of determining strategies to repair that or replace it.”

Gary Beyer, vice president of the Friends of Barton Springs Pool association, said he hopes the city can find a way to conduct the repairs without closing the pool. Continue reading “Structural repairs to take place at Barton Springs Pool”

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.