David Brendan Hall

Best Place To Swim

Barton Springs Pool

No surprise here. No chlorine, no racing stripes on the bottom - this place is it. And though it's the place to swim, the city seems to have trouble with the place. The pool is part of Barton Creek. The spring itself is part of the creek; without the two dams, it would still be part of the creek. Yet the city wants to regulate it like it's a regular swimming pool. In one of their safety reports they called the pool an "In-line drainage facility." Despite the bureaucrats and safety experts, it's still one of the earth's greatest places. More than a swimming hole, it's a way of life.

Barton Springs Pool
2131 William Barton Dr., 512/974-6300
www.austintexas.gov/department/barton-springs-pool

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