Since October 2013, construction has been underway to improve the grounds of Austin's most beloved pool. Now, renovations are complete and Barton Springs is back in full swing.
The renovations, part of the General Grounds Improvements Project, addressed a host of issues, from equipment upgrades to accessibility. Improvements included resolving erosion issues, improving root conditions of Heritage trees, creating an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible path, upgrading outdated equipment and paving the gravel parking lot.
"Recognizing that Barton Springs is a beloved Austin institution, the City’s ongoing goal is to not only preserve, but improve the springs, while making the park more accessible and environmentally friendly," the City of Austin stated in a news release.
A public event to celebrate the renovations was slated for June 25, but has been postponed due to inclement weather. The celebration, which was to include a special Native American blessing and performance by members of The Djembabes, will be rescheduled for a later date.
Starting this Saturday, Austinites are invited to join the Save Our Springs Alliance for Yoga at the Springs every Saturday through August 9. Yoga takes place outside the back gate of Barton Springs at 9:30 am.
Barton Springs is open to the public 5 am - 10 pm daily (closed for cleaning Thursdays from 9 am - 7 pm).