REHABILITATION OF THE HISTORIC BARTON SPRINGS POOL BATHHOUSE
The Barton Springs Bathhouse is a historical and architectural treasure (listed on the National Register of Historic Places) that serves as a community gathering spot in Zilker Park for all types of healthy recreation and that connects us to our past, literally gathering us together as a community and helping tell the story of our environmental, cultural and historical values. Originally built in 1947, the historic Bathhouse has served millions of park goers and swimmers over the past 70+ years and is in desperate need of repair and renovation. The Conservancy plans to rehabilitate the Historic Barton Springs Bathhouse to its original splendor, restore the rotunda and dressing areas, and make the facilities usable for modern needs. The rehabilitated Bathhouse will also be infused with environmental education and learning opportunities to the visiting public about the endangered Barton Springs Salamander, water quality, conservation, and related environmental concerns as called for by the Barton Springs Pool Habitat Conservation Plan to educate the public and build community support for conservation measures for Barton Springs and the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer. Once the Zilker Park Visitor Education Center is built, The Conservancy will have even more opportunities to coordinate with and complement additional educational exhibits.
The Barton Springs Historic Bathhouse Rehabilitation is called for by the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan and the Zilker Park Bathhouse Zone Feasibility Study which includes detailed recommendations for a phased rehabilitation of the Bathhouse. The Bathhouse Rehabilitation project has been approved by the Austin City Council and partially funded by the 2012 Bond Package and the design work for the project is underway. The Barton Springs Conservancy is committed to raising the additional required funds to complete the project.
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CREATION OF A VISITOR WELCOME/EDUCATION CENTER FOR ZILKER PARK
The Conservancy envisions a world-class Visitor Welcome/Education Center (VEC) for Zilker Park with an integrated education experience at the historic Barton Springs Bathhouse.
From an education-infused building design to compelling exhibits inside and out, to swimming with endangered species in a natural Springs, to defined running, hiking, and biking trails, to an inviting park with numerous activities, visitors will enjoy an experience not available anywhere else. Providing an integrated recreational and environmental education experience improves community health and helps protect and preserve our natural, historical and cultural resources
The Conservancy works to provide education by focusing on three main approaches: the creation of the Visitor Education Center, continued support and enhancement of existing programs by the City of Austin and hosting events such as art shows and an Education Speaker Series beginning in the fall.
RESTORATION OF THE HISTORIC ZILKER PARK GATEPOSTS
The Gatepost project has restored the historic entry gateposts on William Barton Drive. This project spoke to our vision for improving the visitor’s experience throughout Zilker Park and sheds light on the majestic historic and natural beauty of the City’s most visited and beloved park.