Photo by Miriam Conner

Best Efforts to Save Our Pools

Love Austin Pools & Forklift Danceworks

It's no secret that Austin's oft-neglected and sprawling network of neighborhood and community swimming pools is in dire straits. And part of the reason that's common knowledge is because of the efforts of grassroots group Love Austin Pools, which formed in 2017 to advocate for pools threatened with closure, and the long-running Forklift Danceworks, which has focused its everyday-life-inspired dance productions on specific Austin communities and what their respective pools mean to them. Through My Park, My Pool, My City, its multi-year collaboration with the city's Aquatics Division, the company explored Bartholomew and Dove Springs pools, and has its sights set on a third East Austin pool for next summer. Meanwhile, Love Austin Pools will continue to advocate for increased funding and maintenance at City Hall and throughout the community.

Love Austin Pools

Forklift Danceworks
2023 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/222-5287

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