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Deep Eddy Pool will close Jan. 4 for repairs. Photo courtesy city of Austin

Heads up, swimmers.

Deep Eddy Pool, that chilly oasis where horses once dove off diving board and a man once ate bananas underwater, will close from April 10 until April 24 for annual spring cleaning.

The pool will reopen April 25 for normal hours.

In the meantime, check the city’s pools and splashpads website for information about the city’s other aquatic facilities.

Besides Barton Springs, at 2131 William Barton Drive in downtown Austin, my favorite alternative is Big Stacy Pool at 700 E. Live Oak Street. But hours are tricky at pools right now due to a shortage of lifeguards.

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Barton Springs is open from 5-8 a.m. daily for “swim at your own risk” sessions without lifeguards. The pool is closed the rest of the day Mondays and Wednesdays and is only open from 8-10 p.m. Thursdays.  Lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Big Stacy is open for lap swimming from 6-9 a.m. weekdays. It’s closed for programming Monday through Thursday mornings from about 9 until noon, then opens for recreational swimming from noon until 8 p.m. weekdays and until 7 p.m. weekends.


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