Dr. Bellinger is warning dog lovers to stay away from Barking Springs after his department found a powerful neurotoxin in an algae sample taken there on July 11.
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The city is urging people and pets to not get in the water if it’s warm or stagnant, or if they see any algae. If you do, rinse off after going for a swim.
Barking Springs is the part of Barton Creek downstream from Barton Springs Pool. The cause of death is unknown, but exposure to toxic algae is a possibility.
Experts say swimmer's itch is a reaction to a parasite, typically found in bodies of water like Lady Bird Lake and Barton Springs.
There are currently a total of 234 lifeguards on staff. This is 31.2% of the 750 lifeguards needed to operate city pools, according to the City of Austin.
Austin Parks & Recreation is offering bonuses up to $1250 for summer temp positions like lifeguards and summer camp staff.
Geese are starting to become more aggressive at Barton Springs Pool and have been attacking swimmers recently. The pool is a federal habitat, so the geese are allowed to wander around the area.
Joan Elizabeth Means Khabele was an activist and scholar from Austin. Her courageous act of swimming in Barton Springs to protest segregation at the pool sparked the civil rights era swim-ins that eventually led to the desegregation of Barton Springs Pool.
The City of Austin is facing staffing shortages and is looking to hire lifeguards. Barton Springs Pool is closing two days a week until more staff can be hired.
City of Austin swimming pool season passes are now available.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Aquatic Division says the pool was back open today after it was closed on October 14 after heavy rainfall.
Barton Springs Pool will remain closed until flooding stops and damage can be assessed by the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.
Following last week's heavy rain and flooding, Barton Springs Pool plans to open back up to the public Friday after being closed for cleaning.
This summer’s capacity limit will have a max of around 600 people every two-hour time slot.
Barton Springs pool reopened earlier this week after being shutdown for three months due to the COVID-19 outbreak
It's been nearly three months since the iconic Austin attraction has been open to the public and with summer in full swing many are hoping to be able to get some relief from the heat.
The City of Austin is looking into installing gates in the upstream dam of the Barton Springs Pool. The gates would allow water from Barton Creek to enter the pool during certain flow periods.
Thursday morning while some slept off their new year's eve celebrations, others got up early and plunged into the Barton Springs pool!