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Barton Springs Pool Master Plan

On January 15, 2009, City Council passed a Resolution adopting the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan: Concepts for Preservation and Improvement. Learn more about the Barton Springs Pool Master Plan.

Barton Springs Pool is one of the crown jewels of Austin that lies within Zilker Park's 358 acres. Three acres in size, the pool is fed from underground springs and is, on average, 68 degrees year-round. For more information visit Barton Springs Pool Home Page.

Eliza Spring Daylighting Project

Select this link to view information regarding salamander habitat improvements at Eliza Spring starting in Fall 2016:

Sunken Garden Improvements

General Grounds Improvements Project


If you have any questions or comments regarding the improvement projects at Barton Springs, call John McKennis at 512-974-9510 or send an email.

If you have general questions about Barton Springs (operating hours, admission fees, rules, etc.), please contact Adam Thompson at 512-974-9401 or email.



Apply for youth program scholarships and financial aid with the Parks and Recreation Department. 


Permanent concessions are eligible for a contract of a year or more and generally have a permanent structure. The department currently manages 12 permanent concession contracts.

Facility Reservations

The Parks and Recreation Department's Office of Special Events coordinates reservations and filming requests at a number of facility and picnic sites within the Austin parks system. Contact the office at 512-974-6797 to set up a facility reservation

PARD uses GIS for asset and maintenance management, park planning and design, parkland dedication, community gardens, mowing schedules and locations, navigational features, forestry, historic resources and more.

Instructional Contractors at Recreation Facilities

The Department utilizes independent contract instructors to provide unique programming services at its recreational facilities. 

Download your Independent Contract Instructor's Handbook to learn more about the process or download a Class Proposal.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department provides an online class schedule. You may search the site by location or by category and sort to find a particular program.

View the Pools and Splash Pads page to find the schedule of open dates and hours of operation for specific pools. View pool fees and rentals for information on daily fees, season passes and pool rentals.

Reserve Parkland for Commercial Use

The department has observed a growing demand for use of City parklands by a variety of private commercial entities. Go to Commercial Use of Dedicated Parkland webpage.

Swimming Lessons and Instruction

Swim lessons are available for students ages 6 months to adult. Lifeguard training classes are available for persons 15 years of age and older, while water safety instructor training classes are available for persons 16 years of age or older who wish to apply to work for the Aquatic Division.

Contact the Aquatics Office at 512-974-9330 for more information.

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) is fortunate to have volunteers who execute youth sports programs on behalf of the City. View the Youth Sports Austin website for information on available youth sports in the Austin area.