Although Texas weather is struggling to make up its mind, Saturday’s reopening of Barton Springs Pool is a sure sign that summer is on its way.
The pool, which is fed by a natural spring, remains at an average 68 degrees throughout the year, according to the City of Austin’s website. It has been fully closed since December for repairs to the bypass tunnel and dam.
Victor Ovalle, public information officer for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, said the department’s staff had hoped to have the pool open before spring break, but they are still working to prepare for Saturday’s opening.
“We expect the pool to be open this summer during its normal hours, and we’re glad to have our park patrons back to enjoy the pool in the normal way that they do,” Ovalle said. “We’re hoping that the repairs will help us keep the pool open for a long time. I know our staff is still continuing to work on cleaning the pool in preparation for Saturday.”
Adult admission to the pool is $3, and it is closed on Thursdays for cleaning.