In the News 2019-12-01T13:35:01-06:00
$2.1M gift from the Moody Foundation

“An Austin Treasure: $2.1M gift gets Barton Springs Bathhouse to goal for rehabilitation.”

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A Toast to the Springs

“A rain delay couldn’t dampen the celebration as Barton Springs Conservancy hosted Toast to the Springs, held in honor of the Moody Foundation’s $2.1 million donation to the organization. On May 16, luminaries and politicians such as Luci Baines Johnson, Mayor Steve Alder, Austin City Councilmember Leslie Pool, former mayor Will Wynn, and Ross Moody gathered on the grounds of the iconic pool to toast the future of the Austin landmark.”

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KVUE Article (May 21, 2019)
Barton Springs Bathhouse to be renovated

“A $2.1 million gift from The Moody Foundation announced last week at the ‘A Toast to the Springs’ event helped the rehabilitation project move forward by now meeting its funding goal.”

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KLRU Video (April 26, 2019)
Austin Water Pressures Decibel Episode

“The challenges of floods, droughts and increased demand on Central Texan’s access to a clean, dependable water supply.”

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Austin Business Journal (Aprill 22, 2019)
$8M raised for Barton Springs Bathhouse facelift

“A donation last week allowed the nonprofit Barton Springs Conservancy to reach its fundraising goal of $8 million, ensuring that there will be enough money to rehabilitate the Barton Springs Bathhouse.”

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KXAN Article (April 21, 2019)
Barton Springs bathhouse renovations within reach thanks to new funding

“A historic building next door to Austin’s beloved Barton Springs Pool will soon get the updates community members wanted.”

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Giving City (August 23, 2019)
Conservancies reaching out to spread awareness of parks.

“Nonprofit conservancies are one way by which they can thrive, raising philanthropic dollars for rehabilitation and construction of new projects. But they’re also tasked with being stewards of the parks and maintaining their place as jewels in the Austin landscape.”

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CultureMap Austin (April 22, 2019)
Faces of Barton Springs Interactive Exhibit

“Presented in the rotunda of the Sheffield Education Center, the “Faces of Barton Springsinteractive exhibit invited visitors to explore the unique and intimate moments of swimmers as they pass through the springs, while inviting visitors to share their own memories.”

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Austin American Statesman (November 28, 2018)
The Gatepost Lighting Ceremony.

A crowd of about 100 supporters of the Barton Springs Conservancy gathered with sparklers in hand around the 1928 stone gateposts at Barton Springs Pool to witness them light up for the first time in decades, courtesy of a generous donation by Marian and Chris Casey.

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RECAP: 70th Birthday Bash
Benefiting Barton Springs Conservancy

“Just before the summer officially kicked into high gear, the Barton Springs Conservancy welcomed 250 its supporters to the Driskill ballroom for the “70th Birthday Bash: An Evening Celebrating the Treasures of 1947”.”

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PHOTOS: Barton Springs Pool 70th birthday celebration on May 13

“Our goal is to renovate the bathhouse to its original splendor and make it useable for modern needs,” said J.J. Langston, Executive Director of the Barton Springs Conservancy. The Barton Springs Conservancy and H-E-B hosted the event which featured live music from the School of Rock, birthday cake, a synchronized swimming show and a parade led by the UT ROTC band.

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Big group ‘Splash!’ celebrates 70 years of Barton Springs Bathhouse

“With today’s warm temperatures, it was already a great day to be out at Barton Springs Pool. But it was even more special because of a celebration at the popular spot.”

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“70 years of keeping Austin weird, and cool! Taylor Ellison and Trevor Scott took a trip to the iconic Barton Springs Pool to help the Barton Springs Conservancy celebrate a very special milestone.”

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“Located within Zilker Park’s 358 acres is Barton Springs Pool, a three-acre, underground fed spring that has been referred to as the “Heart and Soul” and “Crown Jewel” of Austin. If you’ve been there, you understand why. In 1947, Barton Springs Bathhouse opened its doors for the first time, welcoming swimmers from all walks of life who sought fun, relaxation, and healing in the water beyond its walls.”

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“Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Historic Landmark by the City of Austin and State of Texas, the architecturally significant bathhouse first opened its doors in 1947. Ever since, it has served as one of the city’s iconic gathering spots, playing host to generations of Austin locals and tourists who flock year round to Austin’s crown jewel in the middle of Zilker Park.”

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Zilker Park celebrates 100th birthday this year
Party kicks off with Free Day on April 9.

“The park also stands as a testament to the city’s philanthropic side.
‘It shows the rich history of giving and community that defines Austin,’ says J.J. Langston, executive director of the Barton Springs Conservancy. ‘Andrew Zilker gave the gift of the land that now makes up Zilker Park in 1917, and we have loved and cherished and celebrated that park through these past 100 years because of his gift.'”

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Barton Springs then and now, in pictures
The iconic local spot’s bathhouse turns 70 this year, so why not?

“Austin’s natural beauty is a big part of its appeal, and Barton Springs and its pool are some of its most enduring enchantments. Since the pool bathhouse is turning 70 this year (and being fêted and renovated for the occasion), we thought it would be fun to take a look back at how the place has transformed (and hasn’t) over the years.”

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Barton Springs bathhouse to get renovation, celebration:
Conservancy presents a bounty of spring events for the 70-year-old building

“The bathhouse is turning 70 this year, which means it’s due for a renovation. The Barton Springs Conservancy is on it, having recently rolled out plans for the renovation/conservation of the building as well as for a citywide birthday celebration for the stalwart structure.”

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