Help spread pool love

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:

http://www.austintexas.gov/service/email-all-austin-city-council-members

Mayor Adler, 512-978-2100

District 1 (Ora Houston), 512-978-2101

Dottie Jordan
Givens
Rosewood
Kealing (closed)

District 2 (Delia Garza/Jackie Goodman), 512-978-2102

Dittmar
Dove Springs

District 3 (Pio Renterio), 512-978-2103

Mabel Davis Municipal (closed)
Civitan (closed?)
Gillis
Govalle
Martin
Montopolis
Parque Zaragoza
Metz

District 4 (Greg Casar), 512-978-2104

Bartholomew Municipal
Kennemer
St. John’s (closed)

District 5 (Ann Kitchen), 512-978-2105

Barton Springs Municipal
Garrison Municipal

District 6 (Jimmy Flannigan), 512-978-2106

Canyon Vista
Springwoods

District 7 (Leslie Pool) 512-978-2107

Northwest Municipal
Walnut Creek Municipal
Balcones
Brentwood

District 8 (Ellen Troxclair/Brian), 978-2108

Dick Nichols

District 9 (Kathie Tovo/Ashley Richardson), 512-978-2109

Big Stacy
Patterson
Shipe (closed)
West Austin
Palm (closed)

District 10 (Alison Alter/Kurt), 512-978-2110, district10@austintexas.gov

Deep Eddy Municipal
Murchison
Ramsey
Reed
West Enfield

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