Barton Springs Bathhouse Marks 70 Years With Community Plunge

Located within Zilker Park’s 358 acres is Barton Springs Pool, a three-acre, underground fed spring that has been referred to as the “Heart and Soul” and “Crown Jewel” of Austin. If you’ve been there, you understand why. In 1947, Barton Springs Bathhouse opened its doors for the first time, welcoming swimmers from all walks of life who sought fun, relaxation, and healing in the water beyond its walls.

This year marks 70 years that the historic Barton Springs Bathhouse has been open. On May 13, Austinites can celebrate this anniversary during the 70th Birthday Splash: Parade and Plunge. The event is hosted by Barton Springs Conservancy, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor, preserve, and enhance the Barton Springs experience through education and facility improvements.

I’ve always wanted to do a group plunge. But if you’re like me, you would never consider donning a bathing suit in January to jump into water at an event that has the word “polar” in its name. With temperatures expected to be in the high 80’s this Saturday, the water should feel pleasantly refreshing compared to the annual New Years Day Polar Bear Splash.

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