Barton Springs

Austin to Angers
9:03 am
Fri July 11, 2014

What the 'Live Music Capital' Can Learn From Angers, France

The Skroks rock the Hole in the Wall with their brand of brass, ska and rock.
Filipa Rodrigues/KUT

The Skroks are here. They're a youthful, all-male brass band in town from one of Austin's sister cities, Angers, France.

So what brings an overseas band to Austin? Exactly what appeals to young bands across the world: touring, playing music and meeting fans.

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Totally Overrated?
12:00 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Listen: The Worst Yelp Reviews of Barton Springs and Mount Bonnell

Is Barton Springs totally overrated? According to these contrary Yelp reviews, apparently so.
Flickr user David Ingram, flickr.com/dingatx

Mount Bonnell and Barton Springs are two of Austin's eternal treasures –unblemished reminders of Austin's natural beauty.

But to a handful of reviewers on Yelp, they're totally overrated.

Mount Bonnell's scenic overlook rates a solid four stars on Yelp; Austin's crown jewel, Barton Springs Pool, clocks in at four-and-a-half.  But proving you can't please everyone, a collection of contrary reviews offer an antithetical take on these two Austin institutions.

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Music
6:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Dogs, Trains and a Piano: How Austin Sounds Inspired a New Album

Ben Johnson in his studio. Johnson originally came to Austin to attend The University of Texas at Austin.
Ben Johnson

Many people the world over are inspired by the 'Austin sound.' But Dallas native and composer Ben Johnson found his inspiration in the sounds of Austin. Literally.

In fact, "The Sounds of Austin, Texas" is the title of his new album – a collection of impressionistic pieces inspired by his adopted hometown, where he studied music in college. Johnson considers his latest album a collection of love songs to Austin. 

Johnson mixes field audio recordings from sites all over the Austin area with his own custom piano compositions, each dedicated to a particular place.  

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barton springs
3:52 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Feds OK 20-Year Plan to Protect Barton Springs Salamanders, Keep Pool Open

Despite new federal protections for two Barton Springs salamanders, a habitat agreement has been reached that will keep Barton Springs Pool open.
I-Hwa Cheng for KUT News

Swimmers and salamanders can continue their peaceful coexistence at Barton Springs Pool.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is granting the City of Austin a new 20-year permit, keeping the pool open to the public while protecting the habitats of both the Barton Springs Salamander and the Austin Blind Salamander.

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Austin
11:50 am
Tue August 20, 2013

The Average City Pool is 40 Years Old - Give Your Input on a Reboot

Swimmers take a lap in the Northwest Park (Beverly S. Sheffield) Pool.
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The City of Austin wants to hear from people who use the city’s pools and splash pads – and from those who don’t.

The city is putting together an assessment of its aquatics facilities. The average age of one in Austin is about 40 years old.

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Austin
3:39 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

After Barton Springs Drowning, Austin Pools Open as Scheduled

Barton Springs is one of Austin's popular swimming destinations.
flickr.com/wallyg

Austin’s summer swimming season is underway, despite a recent drowning.

The first drowning at Barton Springs pool in 23 years happened last Wednesday, when lifeguards failed to resuscitate a 21-year-old at the popular swimming pool. Thirteen lifeguards were on duty when Andrew Guerra, who had been racing with friends, went under. 

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Austin
2:39 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Austin Man Drowns at Barton Springs Pool

A 21-year-old Austin man drowned yesterday in Barton Springs Pool.
flickr.com/photos/rutlo/

The Austin Parks and Recreations Department is reviewing policies and procedures after an apparent drowning at Barton Springs Pool Wednesday night. It was the first drowning at the pool since 1990.

Parks and Recreation spokesperson Victor Ovalle said lifeguards immediately administered CPR on 21-year-old Timothy Guerra when his friends removed him from the spring's deep end.

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Austin
6:48 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Barton Springs Pool's Re-reopening

Austin's urban oasis, Barton Springs Pool
Flickr, Wally Gobetz http://www.flickr.com/photos/wallyg/8059495182/

Barton Springs Pool is reopening Sunday after a few days of clean-up.

The pool had to be closed on Tuesday because of Barton Creek run-off from this week’s rain storm.

The pool had reopened just last weekend after being closed since December for repair and renovation work.

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Austin
8:53 am
Tue March 26, 2013

It’s Official: Barton Springs Pool is Reopening This Saturday

Barton Springs Pool is scheduled to reopen Saturday after being closed since mid-December.
KUT News

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story erroneously said the repairs to the bypass tunnel and dam at Barton Springs Pool was part of the Master Plan process.

Barton Springs Pool is scheduled to reopen this Saturday.

The swimming hole has been closed since December, as the city made repairs to the pool's bypass tunnel and the dam on the downstream side of the pool.

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AM Update 8/8/12
8:38 am
Wed August 8, 2012

AM Update: SOS 20th Anniversary, Texas Women Inducted into Hall of Fame, UT Athletes at London Games

Many consider Barton Springs an Austin treasure.
KUT News

Save Our Springs Ordinance Celebrates Twenty Years

20 years ago today, Austin voters approved a historic ordinance that changed the way the city handles growth.  The Save Our Springs water quality ordinance marked the first in a series of battles between environmentalists and developers.

A proposed development project by the international mining company Freeport McMoRan catalyzed a grassroots movement to protect the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs.

The Save Our Springs group gathered signatures and drafted an ordinance that limited construction along the Edwards Aquifer such that only 15 percent or less of the land could be paved.  The ordinance was put on the ballot and voters passed it.

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AM Update 7/24/12
7:54 am
Tue July 24, 2012

AM Update: West Nile in Travis Co., Barton Springs Reopens, Oil Drilling Improvements

Local mosquitoes are carrying West Nile virus, which can cause serious illness and even death.
flickr.com/GammaMan

Local West Nile Virus Case Confirmed

The Texas Department of State Health Services confirms there have been 32 cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease in Texas so far this year. One case has been confirmed in Travis County.  The individual has been hospitalized.

The neuroinvasive form of the disease can affect a person’s brain or spinal cord, and can be fatal. The first deadly case of the disease was confirmed in Texas earlier this month, but there are reports of as many as three deaths in the state. West Nile virus, carried by mosquitoes, causes the disease.

West Nile fever, also caused by the virus, is generally considered less serious because it does not invade the nervous system. The CDC reports that roughly half the cases that states have reported so far this year are of the the more serious form of the disease.

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Austin
3:00 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

No Facilities at Emma Long Park; Barton Springs Pool Still Closed

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The Austin Parks and Recreation Department has temporarily shut off the water to Emma Long Metropolitan Park to make repairs.

The park is still open for use but all restrooms, showers, drinking fountains and water utilities for camping are all out of order. The city is providing extra portable restrooms.

The repairs are expected to be complete in early August.

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Austin
4:47 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Barton Springs Gets a Rain Check

Hot summer days draw Austinites to Barton Springs - but rainy weather has temporarily closed the pool.
KUT Staff

Recent rains have caused flooding and debris to accumulate in Barton Springs Pool.

The city's Parks and Recreation Aquatic Division has temporarily closed the pool “due to flooding conditions,” according to a press release. No reopening date has been issued.

Staff must wait for rains to stop – not a problem we often have in Austin – before they can remove debris, clean the pool and assess its condition. 

Barton Springs
2:24 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

Barton Springs Pool Master Plan Meeting Tonight

A master plan for the Barton Springs Pool area will be discussed this evening
Image courtesy larsonburns.com

Tonight’s your chance to help shape the direction of Barton Springs Pool.

Possible changes to areas around the beloved swimming hole will be heard at a joint committee meeting of the Parks and Recreation Board and Environmental Board this evening. And the public is invited to attend the meeting and sound off on the proposals.

The meeting is focused on the proposed Barton Springs Pool Master Plan. Aspects of the plan include options for a new south entry gate, a new ticket booth at south gate, a new perimeter fence, and more.

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AM Update
8:46 am
Tue March 27, 2012

AM Update: Barton Springs Reopens, Lady Bears Make Final Four, Trayvon Martin Rally at Capitol

Barton Springs Pool reopens today after being closed for cleaning.
Photo by KUT News

Barton Springs Pool Reopens Today

After being closed for a week, Barton Springs Pool will reopen today. The famously frigid swimming hole was closed on March 20 due to flooding after last week’s heavy rain.

The pool's hours of operation are from 5 a. m. to 10 p. m. Normally the pool is only open for limited hours on Thursdays due to cleaning, but this Thursday the pool will stay open all day.

Undefeated Baylor Women's Team Makes NCAA Final Four

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Environment
12:14 pm
Tue October 18, 2011

Tonight: How Austin Will Protect Barton Springs Salamander

The Barton Springs Salamander
Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

You like Barton Springs Pool? So does a small, endangered amphibian. But unlike you, the Barton Springs Salamander is legally protected by the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. If the city wants to keep operating the pool, it needs to renew a permit with the federal government that explains how Austin will protect the slithery little creature.

The current permit was issued in 1998 and based on this Habitat Conservation Plan. That permit expires in October 2013. But the review process takes a long time, so the city wants to submit its application soon to stave off closing Barton Springs Pool, even temporarily.

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Environment
1:08 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Local Waterways Could be Affected by EPA Proposal

Photo by John K http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnkay/

The federal government will be at work this summer on some proposals that could affect waterways you may be familiar with, including the Edwards Aquifer and Barton Springs. The US Environmental Protection Agency says Supreme Court rulings over the last decade have weakened the Clean Water Act and removed some waterways from federal protection.

According to the EPA, under current Clean Water Act regulations, many small streams that feed into larger streams, rivers, bays and coastal waters are no longer protected by the Act. This means polluting into these waters doesn’t require a permit. The EPA is examining how to change those regulations to ensure waterways are protected.

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Austin
4:23 pm
Fri March 4, 2011

Austin’s Favorite Swimming Hole Re-Opens For Early Swimming

Austinites make a splash at Barton Springs Pool
Photo by KUT News

Barton Springs Pool will be open for a short time in the mornings starting tomorrow, Saturday, March 5. Early bird swimmers will have three hours to enjoy the cool water once the gates open at 5 a. m.

The pool has been closed for a flood debris removal project along with annual maintenance. The cleanup project is still underway but doesn’t start until after 8:00 a. m. That leaves a small window for aqua-phenes to make a cold water splash.

Barton Springs Pool will resume normal hours of operation on March 12, 2011.

Austin
4:50 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Your Last Chance To Enjoy Barton Springs Pool Until March 12, 2011

Swimmers enjoy Barton Springs Pool during warmer times. The pool will be closed for about seven weeks starting Monday.
Photo by KUT News

With temperatures barely breaking into the 60s this weekend, a dip in Barton Springs Pool might not be the first thing on your mind. But it will be your last chance to enjoy the swimming hole until mid-March.

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parks and recreation
2:13 pm
Thu October 28, 2010

Woman Given Lifetime Pass to Barton Springs Pool

82-year-old Patty Curtis was granted lifetime access to Barton Springs Pool today by Austin City Council.
flickr.com/photos/rutlo/

Austin City Council granted a rare privilege today to an 82-year-old Austin woman: a lifetime pass to Barton Springs Pool.

Patty Curtis started swimming at the pool in 1975 when she was 46-years-old.