Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool


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This past weekend, I had the honor of sharing the following remarks at Barton Springs Pool in honor of Joan Elizabeth Means Khabele:

I would like to start my remarks with thanking my dear friend Natasha Harper-Madison for allowing me to stand-in on her behalf.

As someone familiar with the stressors of being the first and often times only black leader in the room; I still can’t image the mental toughness Joan possessed during the time and environment she lived in. In honoring Joan, we are empowering courage for change.

If it wasn’t for women like Joan, we wouldn’t have women like Sheryl Cole (Austin’s 1st black woman elected to council and 1st black woman Mayor Pro Tem), Ora Houston (District 1’s first representative), or my boss – Natasha Harper-Madison (the immediate Past Mayor Pro Tem for Austin). All of whom, served as the only black elected official representing this City throughout their time in office.

One person can make a difference, otherwise, we wouldn’t be gathered here today honoring Joan. When you talk about what makes Austin special and unique… Barton Springs is at the top of that list. Yet, there are many long-time Austinites who have never swam in ‘this’ natural pool because history’s shadow still hangs over this park.

From Joan, herself, “Barton Springs was a special place because of its freshwater, that’s in a beautiful setting. The Park itself – superior. We knew about it, but we knew that we could not go into that water. Period.”

For generations, ‘this’ pool served as a gathering place where people can beat the heat… relax… and enjoy the laid-back vibe-life of Austin. Unfortunately, Barton Springs wasn’t always the welcoming place it is now like so many other places throughout Austin.

The swim-in we are standing together – right now – in honor of, resulted from Joan and 8 other black Austin High students being told they couldn’t attend their senior picnic ‘here’ in Zilker Park due to America’s infamous Jim Crow laws.

Upon essentially being told – not for you – by her principal, Joan took it upon herself to directly request City Council to open Zilker Park and Barton Springs to them. After that failed, Joan coordinated a swim-in which is jumping-in and waiting until you’re pulled out only to go around the building and do it again – all day long.

Her actions sparked numerous swim-ins until the following summer when the Austin Parks and Recreation Director (Beverly Sheffield) opened Barton Springs and the Park to everybody. Unfortunately, racism still lives strong amongst us because – my parents – who raised me to know right, wrong, compassion, and self-protection from an infant, were born in the 40’s like Joan. Thus, their experiences impacted how they raised me and to a certain degree how I raise my children.

Even with decades long of integration at Barton Springs, plenty of black austinites have never visited Zilker Park or dipped their toes in ‘these’ refreshing waters. Unfortunately, the same can be stated about Givens and Rosewood parks for our counterparts.

We have witnessed so many historical firsts from Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 and the Civil rights Act of 1964, like President Obama, Vice President Harris, Secretary of State and Retired General Powell, Secretary of Defense and Retired General Austin, and the recent Senate confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Jackson.

Today, is an example of how far the City of Austin has come, but it still needs to go further. The latest census numbers say less-than 2% of blacks live in the surrounding neighborhoods of Barton Springs and Zilker Park. This is why true equity requires more than simple changes of written policies to create communities and public spaces that are welcoming and inviting to all.

As leaders – remembering the past – is not enough, we must commit to reflecting on this City’s full history; engage in unbiased dialogue with people of all backgrounds, and empower those capable of removing systemic inequities implanted to segregate us.

By honoring the life and legacy of Joan Means Khabele…we are recommitting ourselves to her spirit and mission towards creating a more equitable and united city. Not an East and West Austin, but one Austin – thank you.
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Have you ever been swimming at Barton Springs Pool in Austin's Zilker Park? Here's my take on it.
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"Want free entry to Barton Springs Pool? Take the bus."
During the Zilker Park loop closure, which will run from July 6-30, Barton Springs is offering free entry to those who show proof that they took to the bus to get there.
Can you bring a tub to Barton Springs?

Does it cost to park? If so how much & is it cash only?
Please consider signing this petition. Save Zilker Park's "All Ages" Culture. Say "No Alcohol Sales" Next to Barton Springs Pool.
The perfect summertime day trip, make your plans to make a splash at Barton Springs Pool, a natural oasis right within Zilker Park. 💦
The temperatures in Austin are heating up this week! What are you doing to stay cool? 🌊☀️

We love local swimming holes like Barton Springs Pool

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Hi everyone, my name is Jennifer Butterfield and I’m new to this group. If you care about Barton Springs being fully reopened please sign my petition. The City of Austin has had 13 months to prepare for reopening the pools and has been failing to plan for getting the pools back to normal scheduling. I also invite you to reach out to friends directly and share this on your personal page.

Barton Springs Pool, the center of Austin's universe. Within Zilker Park's 358 acres lies one of the crown jewels of Austin - Barton Springs Pool.

The pool itself measures three acres in size, and is fed from underground springs with an average temperature of 68-70 degrees, ideal for year-round swimming. Over the years, Barton Springs Pool has drawn people from all walks of life, from legislators who have concocted state laws there to free-spirited, topless sunbathers who turned heads in the 1970s. Robert Redford learned to swim at the pool

Operating as usual


Ceremonial Moment of Silence & Splash Honoring Joan Means Khabele, civil rights activist who organized the swim-ins at Barton Springs Pool that led to its desegregation.
📍 Barton Springs Pool, 2131 William Barton Dr.
📅 Saturday, April 9
🕙 10am-12pm
🎟 Free entry before 12pm
🚗Free valet parking 9am-1pm
⚠ Swimming will pause from 10-11am
👉 More info:


UPDATE 3/11: Experienced open water lifeguards start at $16.25/hour at Barton Springs Pool. Apply online today or join us at an in-person Hiring Fair March 14, 16, and 18.

Due to a lack of available certified Open Water Lifeguards, Barton Springs Pool will close two days a week – Mondays and Wednesdays – beginning Monday, March 21. There are only 23 certified Open Water Guards available to guard Barton Springs Pool.
👉 More info:
🏊‍♀️ Apply to be a lifeguard:


Since near and below freezing temperatures are predicted for tomorrow 1/20:
🕙 City pools will not open until 10am
❗ This includes morning swim at your own risk at Barton Springs Pool
👉 All closure info:

The Year Barton Springs Was Almost Destroyed 01/06/2022

The Year Barton Springs Was Almost Destroyed

The Year Barton Springs Was Almost Destroyed Thirty years ago, the popular swimming hole nearly fell into the hands of merciless land developers. But Austinites weren’t going to let that happen without a fight.

2022 Polar Bear Splash!! 01/04/2022

2022 Polar Bear Splash!!


Polar Bear Plunge UPDATE:

We're still awaiting an update on the status of the Polar Bear Plunge at Barton Springs Pool this Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022.

However, the City just announced that we are in Stage 4 of the COVID-19: Risk-Based Guidelines, and last year, the City decided to cancel the Plunge while we were in Stage 4.

Stay tuned for updates, and be sure to stay safe and use precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


During a routine survey of endangered Barton Springs salamanders in Barton Springs Pool, one of our scientists spotted a salamander egg -- something we rarely see in the wild! (It's tough to see, but the egg is located near the center of the photo, just below the clam shell.) We don't usually see these eggs in the wild because they're typically laid down in the aquifer & rarely wash up through springs. The egg, an embryo covered by a clear capsule, grows from a diameter of about 5 mm (pencil eraser size) to 10 mm (pea size) as the embryo develops. In captivity, these eggs hatch in 3-4 weeks. Barton Springs salamanders are aquatic during their entire life cycle. Their survival depends on protecting clean water in the Edwards Aquifer.


A new development, Violet Crown Amphitheater, has been proposed that will house luxury apartments, a nightclub, a distillery, a driving range, and mainly a 20,000-seat venue that will have one of the largest bandshells in the country. A group of environmental organizations in Central Texas have grouped together and announced their opposition.

Here is the main issue: These new structures will be surrounded by the Nature Conservancy’s Barton Creek Habitat Preserve and its creek which is the home to 2 local songbirds with a decreasing population - the golden-cheeked warbler and the black-capped vireo. In addition to the construction runoff into Barton Creek, noise pollution, and increased traffic if the amphitheater is constructed, these 2 native songbirds habitat will also be damaged creating a variety of issues in the future.

The City of Austin council will meet next year to discuss the project.

#SBCA #violetcrownamphitheatre

Timeline photos 11/30/2021

Timeline photos

Giving Tuesday is Today! Please consider Save Our Springs during this global day of giving.

· Save Our Springs is the only group with a team of lawyers dedicated to protecting the land, water and wildlife of Central Texas.

· We have unique expertise in law and science with 30 years of experience protecting our watersheds.

· This year our team won a key lawsuit that has kept treated sewage out of Onion Creek, Barton Creek, the Blanco River, and the Edwards Aquifer.

Please help us today to keep treated sewage out of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer and to steer urban growth away from our most vulnerable Hill Country watersheds. Thank you for your consideration.

And don't forget to participate in the SOS silent auction! We have many cool items and services from a range of local businesses to round out your holiday shopping. The auction closes Monday, December 6th at 5 pm.

Timeline photos 11/25/2021

Timeline photos

Among our many blessings, we give thanks to Barton Springs and her bounteous generosity. Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.


Barton Springs Pool reopens TODAY October 19 after a closure due to flooding.
👉More pool info:


Morning rush hour at Barton Springs Pool!

#bartonsprings #Forthelovethesprings


Planning a visit to Barton Springs Pool? Just purchase your entry pass ahead of your visit at PARD.FLOWBIRDHUB.COM or download the ATXSwims app, then activate the pass whenever you're ready to swim. No reservations required! You can also buy an entry pass at one of the onsite payment kiosks with a credit or debit card, or exact change. No fee is charged from 9pm - 10pm. Welcome back, Austin!


Barton Springs Pool Reopens June 11 06/10/2021

Barton Springs Pool Reopens June 11

Barton Springs Pool Reopens June 11 With more lifeguards hired, city will discontinue reservations soon


💦Reserve your passes for Barton Springs Pool this weekend - tickets still available! Reservations needed Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 8am - 10pm. 👉

Barton Springs Pool will be OPEN 5am–10pm on Memorial Day, Mon. 5/31 Entry is FREE this day only, no reservations required. 👉More info:

⚠Capacity limits enforced due to low staff levels.
🏊‍♀️Season Pass holders can enter anytime


Hi friends! We need you today!

Take Action today to Protect Barton Creek from Treated Sewage -- The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is conducting a hearing this evening to consider permit no. WQ0015594001 that would allow wastewater discharge into Long Branch Tributary of Barton Creek. Friends of Barton Springs Pool is joining Barton Springs Conservancy to request that TCEQ deny this permit because such discharge events would directly degrade and harm the water quality at Barton Springs Pool.

Now is the time to make your voice heard on this permit request that would allow up to 45,000 gallons per day of wastewater into the Long Branch tributary of Barton Creek, upstream of the Barton Creek Greenbelt, the Edwards Aquifer, and Barton Springs. Our friends at Save Barton Creek Association have posted more information about the project and how to get involved here.

Here’s how you can help:
1. Submit comments electronically to tell TCEQ you oppose Permit No. WQ0015594001. Do this any time until 8:30 pm today by filing electronic comments here>
2. Attend TCEQ’s online official Public Meeting about the draft permit this evening at 7 pm. You may ask questions and provide formal comments orally.

Thank you!

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Now Hiring Lifeguards

City Of Austin Says It Might Permanently Close Barton Springs If Texas Bill Becomes Law 03/23/2021

City Of Austin Says It Might Permanently Close Barton Springs If Texas Bill Becomes Law

Say what!?

City Of Austin Says It Might Permanently Close Barton Springs If Texas Bill Becomes Law A bill filed to reduce federal oversight of the Texas fossil fuel industry could also force the closure of one of the state’s most iconic swimming holes.


⚠ Barton Springs Pool is closing today (Fri. 3/19) so that staff can do a deep cleaning of the facility.
👉 We anticipate that it will re-open tomorrow (Sat. 3/20) for normal operating hours.
📌 Check for updates.



We're over halfway to our goal! Thank you to all who have donated. #AmplifyATX ENDS at 6pm today! Help us reach our $10,000 goal by donating now. #saveourspringsATX.


Photos from Austin Parks and Recreation Department's post 03/05/2021

Barton Springs covers in snow 2021.

Timeline Photos 02/24/2021

Barton Springs Pool will reopen on Feb. 25-28 with free admission, will be closed for annual maintenance from Mar. 1-12, and will reopen on March 13 with modified hours of operation to be announced.

Great News: Barton Springs Pool will reopen on Feb. 25-28 with free admission, will be closed for annual maintenance from Mar. 1-12, and will reopen on March 13 with modified hours of operation to be announced.


Barton Snow 12/16/2020

Austin's New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge at Barton Springs Pool canceled, city officials say

Austin's annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Plunge at Barton Springs Pool has been canceled for 2021 because of the city's current status of being in Stage 4 of Austin Public Health's risk-based guidelines for the coronavirus, officials announced Wednesday. The decision was made "after careful consideration of the local characteristics of the virus and related community priorities," the city said.


Barton Springs Conservancy

“Gratitude Changes Everything.” With these wise words gracing the Zilker Park Gateposts, we are thankful for our generous supporters, helpful city council and staff, wonderful volunteers, and especially our talented board members, both past and present. Thanks one and all!


Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Barton Springs Pool now has guarded swim hours on Tues, Fri, Sat, & Sun from 8AM - 10PM and is open everyday from 5:00 AM - 8:00 AM for swim at your own risk.🏊


Expand at Barton Springs starting on Friday, October 2nd.

Expanded hours at Barton Springs Pool - Starting on Friday, October 2nd, Barton Springs Pool will add swim hours with lifeguards; Tuesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday 8 am - 10 pm. Limit your time to two hours. Once the pool is at capacity, new swimmers will be allowed on a one-in/one-out basis. Masks must be worn unless you are walking to or from the water or a 6ft distance can be maintained from staff and other guests


Barton Springs will reopen this Saturday, September 26. #JumpIn.

If you hadn't heard, Barton Springs will reopen this Saturday, Sept. 26 to allow "swim at your own risk" from 5am-8am on weekdays and weekends.


Save Our Springs Alliance



Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Austin Parks and Recreation staff from Barton Springs Pool and Graffiti Team worked with staff from the Watershed Protection Department to remove and cover up the graffiti over the Barton Springs spillway dam.


Austin Parks and Recreation Department

All City of Austin parks and park facilities will be closed over the July 4th weekend. Additionally, Barton Springs and Deep Eddy pools are temporarily closed. More details at: #COVID19 #July4th


Austin Parks and Recreation Department

🏊🏾‍♀️ An evening dip at Barton Springs: a quintessential summer activity in Austin. Reservations for a free 2-hour entry will need to be made online in advance of your visit at

💧 Barton Springs Pool (Opens June 9th)
🏊 Open 8am-10pm Sun, Tue, Fri, Sat
🏊 Swim at your own risk every day 5-7am

➡️ RESERVATIONS: Visit and click "Browse Tickets/Park and Pool Entry Passes. If you do not have web access, 📞 please call 512-974-9330 to reserve.

😷 Staff and lifeguards will be taking extra precautions to keep patrons safe and facilities clean, in addition to reducing capacity and maintaining social distance in queues. Changing rooms will not be open to the public. Cleaning and safety protocols for staff and patrons are based on CDC guidelines and will be monitored closely.



Friends of Barton Springs Pool

Hi friends.

We hope you are well. And that you've either been going or have plans to go to the pool.

We are passing on a message from the pool staff. We are asking a favor. Please wear a mask as much as possible when you are inside the pool grounds.

Wear it for the staff and lifeguards. For the pool to remain open, we need them all to stay healthy.

For Austin. For all our current, favorite, and future friends.

For Texas. We should be leading the way.

For everyone you're going home with and to. Just bring good pool energy home with you.

And for us. We want you to be a good friend to us.

Now, tag us in your (wearing a mask!) pool selfies!

FYI, We're not debating this!

#wearamask #austinstrong #iloveaustin #bartonspringspool #jumpin #austin #atx #austintx #austintexas #bestplaceonearth #bringafriend #bartonsprings #summer #zilker #texas @ Barton Springs Pool



2201 Barton Springs Rd.
Austin, TX

Opening Hours

Monday 5am - 10pm
Tuesday 5am - 10pm
Wednesday 5am - 10pm
Thursday 5am - 10pm
Friday 5am - 10pm
Saturday 5am - 10pm
Sunday 5am - 10pm

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