New pay stations at Barton Springs – but it’s still free to park during the week

 

New pay parking machines have been installed in front of Barton Springs Pool. Photo by Pam LeBlanc
New pay parking machines have been installed in front of Barton Springs Pool. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

Don’t worry, it’s still free to park at Barton Springs Pool during the week.

New automated pay parking machines popped up in the parking lot in front of the pool last week, but visitors only have to pay them on weekends, holidays and during special events like Blues on the Green.

“It’s the the same as it always was. If you swim on Tuesday or Wednesday, it’s still going to be free,” said Tony Savage, Zilker Park supervisor.

The machines replace the human-manned pay collection booth that greeted motorists turning into the park off of Barton Springs Road. Payment remains the same, too – $5 per car, all day, starting at 8 a.m. (Parking is always free before 8 a.m.)

It costs $5 to park at the pool - but only on weekends, holidays and special events. It's still free during the week. Photo by Pam LeBlanc
It costs $5 to park at the pool – but only on weekends, holidays and special events. It’s still free during the week. Photo by Pam LeBlanc

The machines start operating on March 5.

People who have season passes for the pool don’t have to pay to park even on weekends. They get a hang tag to leave on their dash or put on their rear view mirror.

“We’re just changing the way we collect money,” Savage said. “We’re not adding days or doing anything different than we’ve done in the past.”

The machines will be covered during the week.

Traffic patterns will remain the same going into and out of the pool area, too.

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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