Four Austin public pools open for fall, winter swimming

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Mary Warren swims year-round at Barton Springs. Laura Skelding/Statesman Staff

You don’t have to pack up your swimsuit just because fall has arrived in Austin.

Four public pools – Barton Springs, Bartholomew, Deep Eddy and Big Stacy – are open year-round for lap swimming and recreation.

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That’s bliss for folks like me, who love to swim outdoors when the temperatures drop. Getting in a swimming pool when it’s chilly and the water’s steaming is like wrapping yourself in a warm snugly blanket. It’s cozy and delicious. The hard part comes when you have to get out and make the dash to the bathhouse…

  • Barton Springs Pool, 2201 Barton Springs Road, is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily (no guards from 5-8 a.m. or 6 to 10 p.m.; guarded swim from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) It’s also closed from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays for cleaning.
  • Deep Eddy Pool, 401 Deep Eddy Avenue, is closed today through Nov. 9 for annual repairs and maintenance, but will reopen Nov. 10 for the fall and winter. Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • Big Stacy Pool, 700 Live Oak Street is open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and noon to 7 p.m. weekends.
  • Bartholomew Pool, 1800 East 51st Street, is open from 2-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday for recreation and lap swimming.
  • Admission to Big Stacy Pool is always free, but you must pay to enter Barton Springs, Bartholomew and Deep Eddy pools through Oct. 31. Admission is $3 for adults ($4 non-residents), $1 seniors ($2 non-residents), $2 juniors age 12 to 17 ($3 non-residents) and $1 children 11 and under ($2 non-residents.) Starting Nov. 1 through Feb. 14 admission is free at Barton Springs and Deep Eddy.

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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