Statesman.com reports. The improvements are slated for the south side of the pool, but some pool visitors fear the new fence, entrance gate, ticket booth and access path would overdevelop this beloved Austin treasure.
Our Springs and other characterize the improvements as unnecessary and
consider the current dirt path, chain link fence and un-air conditioned
ticket booth to be signs of the "laid-back and minimal" appearance of
the south side of Barton Springs. However, Friends of Barton Springs
says the amazing natural treasure deserves "grounds and facilities that
are equal to it."
The plans call for planting native plants and
trees and protecting some large pecan trees near the north-side
concession area, as well as burying overhead power lines. However, the
projects inspiring the biggest debate are the ones planned for the
pool's southside. They include a concrete path to the pool surrounded
by native plants that would be added to the woods behind the diving
board and would provide access for those who are disabled,
mobility-impaired, or parents pushing strollers.
fence would also be moved to accommodate the new path and to include
large trees and more lawn in the grounds of the springs. In addition, a
wrought-iron or wire-mesh fence would replace the current chain-link
fence topped with barbed wire.
Other possible improvements
include paving the dirty parking lot on the south side and building a
new wrought-iron entrance gate flanked by limestone pillars. The
current 1970's un-air conditioned ticket booth would be replaced by a
slightly larger model with air conditioning for the ticket-takers.
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