The Future of Shipe Pool

Shipe Pool Party 2013 Photo Credit: Deborah Eve Lewis

Shipe Pool Party 2013
Photo Credit: Deborah Eve Lewis

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department has opened up the public input process in the assessment it is doing on aquatics resources – pools and swimming programs.  It is critical that people who want to see Shipe Pool and other neighborhood pools remain open participate in this process by attending one of the public hearings next week and completing the online survey.

As many of you know the city does not have adequate funding in its budget to support the parks and pools it manages. For years, PARD has been considering closing older pools like Shipe. Two years ago, Shipe was on the suggested closure list – the plan was simply to leave the pool empty and padlock the gates year-round.

Our understanding is that older, smaller pools embedded in neighborhood could be closed in favor of new larger “aquatics centers” – that would be the trade-off. It is not reasonable to expect that the city will both maintain the existing pools AND open new facilities around town. Keep that in mind as you fill out the survey – please consider making keeping neighborhood pools open, maintained, and accessible the top priority for the city.

Online survey:

Open Public Input into the City of Austin Aquatic Assessment:

Northwest Austin Meeting and Open House
Aug. 19, 2013  Anderson High School Cafeteria
6:00-6:30pm  Open House
6:30-8:00pm  Public Meeting

Southwest Austin Meeting and Open House
Aug. 20, 2013  Bowie High School Cafeteria
6:00-6:30pm  Open House
6:30-8:00pm  Public Meeting

Northeast Austin Meeting and Open House
August 21, 2013  LBJ High School Cafeteria
6:00-6:30pm  Open House
6:30-8:00pm  Public Meeting

Southeast Austin Meeting and Open House
August 22, 2013  Dove Springs Recreational Center
6:00-6:30pm  Open House
6:30-8:00pm  Public Meeting

Thanks for taking time in this super busy time of year to make your voice heard in this process!

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Shipe Pool Party and Mosaic Mural Dedication

Saturday, June 29th, 7-11pm

Thousands and thousands of tiny bits of colorful cut glass have been laid carefully in place on the pump house wall at Shipe Pool. Together they form leaves and flowers, birds and bugs, and fantastic trees – a landscape filled with delightful surprises; a canopy of dreams. The Shipe Mosaic Mural is complete!

The mural is a beautiful and permanent expression of the community support for Shipe Park and Pool – hundreds of neighborhood volunteers helped create the mural at community work days held at Griffin School over the past three years. The formal dedication of the mural will be at the Fifth Annual Shipe Pool Party on Saturday June 29th at 7pm. Please join neighbors and friends in honoring this remarkable community effort and in making a collective commitment to our beloved neighborhood park and pool!

The Shipe Pool Party is a great event for everyone who cares about our sense of community in Austin and cherishes the resources we have in central-city neighborhoods like Hyde Park! It is a super gathering of friends and kids and families! As always there will be great summer food and treats. And like last year, we will have live music early followed by a movie in the park starting at 9pm. The pool will stay open late, and there is nothing more relaxing and refreshing than a dip in your neighborhood pool! So come enjoy a fantastic summer evening at Shipe Park!

See you at the pool!

- Adam Wilson, Friends of Shipe Park

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Shipe Pool Schedule – Summer 2013

Big Shipe Pool

June 11th – Aug 2nd

Mondays Closed :(

Tues – Fri:   7-10am Lap Swim

10am-8pm Recreational Swim

Weekends:  10am-Noon Lap Swim

Noon-8pm Recreational Swim

Aug 3rd – 23rd

Mondays Closed :(

Tues – Sun:   Noon-7pm Recreational Swim


Shipe Wading Pool

June 11th – Aug 11th

Mondays Closed :(

Tues – Sun:   Noon-6pm

Aug 12th – 23rd

Mondays Closed :(

Tues – Sun:   1-6pm

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Shipe Mosaic Mural Workdays – Feb 2nd and 3rd

Make your mark on the Shipe Park Mosaic Mural! The mural will be completed this spring, so this may be your last chance to add your fanciful flower or bird, or leaf to the canopy of dreams on the Shipe Pool pump house wall. Two chances coming up in early February 2013:

Saturday, Feb 2nd, 10am-1pm: Art on a Saturday at the Griffin School

Art on a Saturdays are innovative and engaging art workshops for 6-9th graders. These workshops are a chance for middle school students to explore advanced high school art workshops and to spend a Saturday morning (10am – 1pm) thinking and working creatively. Enroll at If you have questions, email [$10 fee for materials and snacks]

Sunday, Feb 3rd noon-3pm: Community Mosaic Workday

This workday event is open to the general public, individuals, whole families, and kids – all are welcome to create a small but magical element to add to this grand and permanent art installation! Griffin School Art House, 5000 Martin Ave in North Hyde Park. Please RSVP to


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As part of Austin Parks Foundation’s It’s My Park Day, Hyde Park neighbors, friends, and volunteers from around the city will participate in the annual clean-up and landscaping day at Shipe Park located at 44th Street and Avenue F. Every year, hundreds of volunteers MyParkDay-GirlsPainting-Smallof all ages joined in the fun to improve our park.

On Saturday, March 2nd, we will gather at Shipe and work on needed efforts to improve and beautify the park. We will be aerating and weeding tree beds, spreading mulch, removing invasive plant species and debris, aerating and fertilizing the field, beautifying the interior pool areas, spiffing up the play-scape, and generally making Shipe Park a better place. This year, in addition to the work at Shipe Park, we will be working on various projects at the Elizabet Ney Museum next door.


Registering to volunteer online on the Austin Parks Foundation web site at . Anyone able to bring snacks or treats will be most welcome! Contact Project Leaders, Rhonda Baird or Mark Fishman with questions or ideas.


All volunteers who are pre-registered will get a free T-shirt, so be sure to register early and indicate your size.


In addition to general worker bees, we are looking for a dozen people willing to serve as crew leaders for activities including: sign-in & refreshments table, creek clean-up, plant maintenance/removal, spreading mulch, etc. Send Rhonda & Mark an e-mail if you can lead an activity on the day of the event.

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Shipe Pool Opening Party – June 24th 7pm

Join for a Sunday evening swim, a movie in the park and s’mores for the kids!

Join us for a Sunday evening swim and celebrate our awesome neighborhood pool with your friends and neighbors! The party starts at 7pm, and we’ll have Casey’s Snowballs, popcorn, and s’mores for kids of all ages. At dusk, we’re screening the movie “Puss in Boots” on the lawn for kids and families. The pool stays open an extra hour until 9pm, so bring your suit and a towel, and enjoy the evening with us!

The pool remains funded and open to the public only because the community came out in strength last year to advocate for it. Our city leaders heard us loud and clear and passed a budget that funded Shipe Pool for 2012! But the city’s budget deficit remains and Shipe Pool and other neighborhood pools are still on the recommended closure list to close that annual gap. Join us on Sunday and cast another vote of confidence in our neighborhood park and pool!

The third section of the Shipe Park Mosaic Mural is being installed now, and it will be on display at the Party! Our friends at the Red River Church have donated a lovely, hand-made silk quilt for us to raffle at the event, so come check it out and buy a ticket to win it!

Really special thanks to our event sponsors: Grande Communications, Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, Griffin School, Red River Church, and Casey’s Snowballs! And thanks to all of you who are willing to work to sustain and improve our cherished neighborhood park and pool!

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Shipe Pool Schedule – 2012


Last year, the city faced a significant budget deficit and proposed cuts that would have closed Shipe Pool permanently. Is is only because of incredibly strong advocacy for central neighborhood parks and pools that the funding for Shipe was restored and we will have our neighborhood pool again this year! The budget crunch has not gone away, and we still need to work with the city to find a way to sustain needed funding for our neighborhood parks, pools, and community resources. For now though, let’s enjoy another season of cool water at Shipe Pool! The pools at Shipe Park will be open to the public on the following schedule:

Big Shipe Pool:
June 5 – August 3, 2012
Monday Closed
Tuesday – Friday
7 – 10 am Lap Swim
10 am – 8 pm Recreational Swim
10 am – 12:00 pm Lap Swim
12 – 8 pm Recreational Swim
August 6 – August 18, 2012
Monday Closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 12 – 7 pm Recreational Swim

Shipe Wading Pool:
June 5 – August 12, 2012
Monday Closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
August 13 – August 18, 2012
Monday Closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

See you at the pool!

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