Austin’s Aquatics oversees about 30 public pools, though several have closed or are in danger of closing. See our Resources tab for specific information on budget/bonds.
As City Council reps and Mayor Adler make budget and bond decisions this summer, they need to hear from their constituents. They are discussing in June the budget for the coming year (operations and maintenance) and potential bond issues (funding for new and longer-term projects). Below is the list of City Council reps and phone numbers for each district and the pools in each district; second names are staff who address pools.
When contacting representatives, explain how you use the pools and why they are important to the community. Consider explaining your perspective on how pools foster community, affordability, health, swim safety, youth swim lessons and teams, historic or community value, and other issues.
If you are willing to table-sit to spread the word at some of the pools in underserved areas this summer, let Steve or Laura know possible times and locations. We would like to reach out to residents in districts where Council Reps are undecided–Houston, Casar, Garza, Renteria, and Troxclair, in particular–to make sure those residents know how to make their voices heard. We have posters, a table, information and popsicles!
A few talking points:
- Pools act as a neighborhood hub as our city continues to grow and expand, encouraging newcomers and long-timers to interact to keep Austin friendly and connected.
- Pools provide inexpensive (or free!) outdoor recreation to all ages, ethnicities, economic levels–especially important as cost-of-living rises in Austin.
- Pools provide opportunities for physical fitness and mental well-being. Many pools host summer swim teams for hundreds of Austin kids and teens.
- Pools offer swim lessons and practice, crucial safety skills.
- Pools offer safety training for emergency responders and for lifeguards, along with jobs.
- Pools were the reason many of us selected and stayed in our homes, despite rising taxes.
- Not all pools need expensive upgrades to include lilypads or slides.
- A number of our pools have historical significance.
Use this link to email all city council members and the mayor:
Mayor Adler, 512-978-2100
District 1 (Ora Houston), 512-978-2101
District 2 (Delia Garza/Jackie Goodman), 512-978-2102
District 3 (Pio Renterio), 512-978-2103
Mabel Davis Municipal (closed)
District 4 (Greg Casar), 512-978-2104
St. John’s (closed)
District 5 (Ann Kitchen), 512-978-2105
Barton Springs Municipal
District 6 (Jimmy Flannigan), 512-978-2106
District 7 (Leslie Pool) 512-978-2107
Walnut Creek Municipal
District 8 (Ellen Troxclair/Brian), 978-2108
District 9 (Kathie Tovo/Ashley Richardson), 512-978-2109
District 10 (Alison Alter/Kurt), 512-978-2110, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deep Eddy Municipal