Anthony Segura, of Parks & Rec, sent word regarding the Big Stacy Pool closure (Nov 1-Dec 2, 2019) and lap swimming availability for our residents:
We agree that swimming is great for both physical and mental health and took your recommendations into consideration. As a result, effective Monday, November 4, 2019 the Aquatics division will be extending hours at Deep Eddy Pool and Bartholomew Pool until Friday, November 29, 2019.
Amended pool hours are as follows:
- Deep Eddy Pool: Monday – Friday, the pool will open at 7:00 am instead of the normal 9:00am timeframe. (Normal Thanksgiving holiday closures still apply)
- Bartholomew Pool: Monday – Friday, the pool will open at 12:15 pm (Swim ATX ends) instead of the normal 3:00pm timeframe. (Normal Thanksgiving holiday closures still apply) Bartholomew Pool is open until 8:00 pm, per the pool’s regular schedule, to accommodate after work swimmers.
We are hopeful these changes will accommodate the morning swimmers (at Deep Eddy Pool) and the lunch swimmers (at Bartholomew Pool). Staff will update the pool’s hours on the websites and will send out an extended hours press release. Big Stacy Pool is scheduled to reopen with regular operating hours on Monday, December 2, 2019.
Many of you know Forklift Danceworks for their beautiful community choreography at Bartholomew Swims, Dove Springs Swims, and Givens Swims. Nationally recognized and awarded, this homegrown group has put immeasurable energy and love into the last three years’ worth of programming to highlight Austin’s swimming pools and the people who keep them running, centering each performance around the pool’s history and community–many of whom participate in the dance.
This Saturday night, support Forklift if you can by purchasing tickets to their 10th annual Studio 54rklift Disco Dance and fundraiser, so they can keep activating communities through their uniquely collaborative creative process. If you can’t attend, check out their silent auction or other ways to donate to this awesome Austin organization. Click the link below:
Forklift Danceworks: Studio 54 Disco Dance and fundraiser
Thanks, Austin Parks Foundation, for a cool write-up of some of the lesser-known swimming pools in town! Check out your options in this link: Austin Swimming Pools that aren’t Barton Springs…
Take the shuttle this summer to avoid simmering in traffic and sharking around for a parking spot. See details here. Thanks to Austin Parks Foundation, Cap Metro, and the Parks Department for this cool summer solution!
The City Council approved an additional $1.8 million for Aquatics maintenance, bringing the annual Aquatics budget to $9.8 million for the 2018-2019 cycle.
In November 2018, Austin voters approved $40 million in bonds for Aquatics to renovate and build long-term projects to better serve citizens.
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to preserve our pools.
Greater and Greener 2019, an International Urban Parks Conference presented by City Parks Alliance, based in Washington, DC, has invited Laura to speak about the work of Love Austin Pools. She’ll be on a panel in Denver, Colorado, in July, talking about the efforts of LAP volunteers and the alliances we formed to help save our pools. More info about the conference is here: Greater and Greener
The most important thing we can do in the next month is to talk to neighbors, friends, and family: Inform them and encourage them to VOTE. On the ballot in November are not only national elections, but a lot of issues that matter close to home. I am attaching the information about what bonds are up for a vote, and how they break down. Pools are up for $40 million, as part of the Parks & Recreation bond.
The budget covers regular annual maintenance, and Council voted to up that amount to $9.8 million, last I heard. Austin’s new City Manager Cronk suggested increases to the fees at municipal pools–those already charging–to help pay for the budget increase. Already you may have noticed Barton Springs and Deep Eddy are charging $5 instead of $3 for residents. The City does not plan to charge at neighborhoods pools.
The bond money goes for long-term projects, however. On the bond-money wish list for Aquatics are upgrades for existing pools, as well as a new Colony Park Pool, and a complete renovation for Givens, both located in historically underserved neighborhoods distant from other existing pools.
Thanks to everyone for all your help. Let’s get out the VOTE now!
2018 Bond Proposal Info, City of Austin
Despite a few sheets of rain that whipped through, we had a good turnout for the Labor Day Pool Party! Thanks to Friends of Deep Eddy for co-hosting, to the Aquatics staff and lifeguards, to Forklift Dance, to the North Austin Rivermaids, to the water polo coach, the Reveleros and the Minor Mishap Marching Band! We were honored to have Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo and Council Member Alison Alter speak about the pools, with surprise guest appearances by Mayor Adler and mayoral candidate Laura Morrison.
Special thanks to each of you in Love Austin Pools who took the time to speak out, sit in meetings, collect signatures, write or call Council this year. Thanks to those who staffed the LAP table at the Pool Party (esp Brittney, Susan A, Patricia and Al, Randeen, Karen, Alison, Steve, and Brenda), who spoke all afternoon to folks interested in learning more about the budget and upcoming bond election. We have come a long way since our initial letters against closing 14 of the 34 Austin pools!
The annual budget (regular maintenance) for Aquatics is up 1.7% to $9.8 million dollars this fall, and the bond proposal (under the Parks & Recreation section) allots $40 million to pools for long-term projects like renovation and rebuilt or new pools for underserved areas–a far cry from closing 14 of the 34.
Please remember to vote in the upcoming bond election (bonds will be on the ballot of the general November election), and consider casting your ballot for the Parks & Recreation bond.
You guys are a great team!