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Barton Springs is a natural treasure that is the heart and soul of Austin.
The four underground springs supply cool, refreshing waters providing the community a beautiful space for year-round swimming. The three-acre pool offers locals and visitors a unique experience where they can be deeply immersed in nature and in human community. Individuals from all different backgrounds develop a deep love for the Springs’ overwhelming beauty and its educational, recreational, historical, and cultural riches.

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Barton Springs Conservancy honors, preserves, and enhances the experience of Barton Springs through education and facility improvements.

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The Conservancy will contribute to the environmental, educational, recreational, historical, and cultural well-being of this beloved treasure of our community.

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The Conservancy’s For the Love of the Springs Campaign focuses on the following projects: the restoration of the historic Gateposts on William Barton Dr, the rehabilitation of the historic Barton Springs Pool Bathhouse, and the creation of a Visitor Education Center for Zilker Park.

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While visiting Barton Springs with friends and family over the holiday break, I paused to reflect on our community’s relationship with this wonderful place. Perhaps inspired by my own paltry efforts at gift-giving his year (shame on me), I was deeply struck by the one-sided nature of our relationship with Barton Springs. Watching the continuous flow of the spring waters, it becomes so clear that Barton Springs is continuously and generously giving us the bounty of her cold, clear aquifer waters. Much like Mother Nature, she gives and gives and gives without thought of compensation, reward or credit. And much like children, we happily receive this bountiful gift as we splash in the spring waters, enjoying free swim hours at night and over the winter break, including huge crowds at the Polar Bear Plunge on New Year’s Day.

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