Barton Springs 70th Birthday Splash
Barton Springs Pool
by Defne Comlek
Photograph courtesy of Austin History Center
Who couldn’t use a little recharge via Mother Nature this time of year? It’s time to jump on every opportunity to break your daily routine with impromptu scenic excursions and sunshine affairs.
This month the Barton Springs Conservancy offers a chance to actually jump in to such an affair with the 70th Birthday Splash Parade and Plunge in Barton Springs. Celebrating the anniversary of the opening of the historic Barton Springs Bathhouse, the free, fun-for-all-ages event takes place on Saturday, May 13.
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.
A spirited parade to the pool commences at 9 a.m. at the south entrance of Barton Springs and ends with a group plunge in classic Barton Springs style. All marchers are joyfully encouraged to show off their festive flare and panache with water-worthy patriotic attire and gear of their choice. And, in case you need a little extra incentive, your dunk into the cool waters will be deliciously rewarded with birthday cake.