Help Austin Parks and Recreation Department celebrate 100 years of open air swimming in Austin with a FREE swim day at Deep Eddy Pool, Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 5-9 p.m.
The City of Austin has temporarily banned public gatherings. Please stay home. The Free Fun in Austin calendar is only for live digital events at this time.
Live music on the west lawn will include Melancholy Ramblers, Hey, and Sister Jane. The H2Ho’s will make a splash in the pool with their synchronized swimming; face painters and balloon twisters will walk the grounds entertaining the guests; and the festivities will wrap up with family friendly fire dancers.
On the top deck there will be food and drinks available for sale from Jim Jim’s Water Ice, Austin’s Pizza, Magnolia Cafe, Thundercloud Subs, Guero’s Taco Bar, Taco Deli, and more. A limited number of prints depicting Deep Eddy Pool, created by Austin artist Brian Phillips, will also be available for purchase at the event.
An Austin treasure, Deep Eddy Pool has a rich history. In 1916, owner A.J. Eilers developed the Deep Eddy area into a tourist resort which boasted the first open air concrete swimming pool in Texas. Visitors enjoyed a carnival like atmosphere complete with a Ferris wheel and hobby horses, and the resort also included water shows such as the Great Lorena and her diving horses as well as Marcia Burke, the five year old “World Famous Diving Baby.” Although times have changed, Deep Eddy Pool is still a favorite venue for families and swimmers of all ages.
Prizes for most original and most authentic swimwear will awarded to those who come dressed in costume or retro bathing attire. Donations and proceeds will go to Friends of Deep Eddy towards their continuing efforts to help maintain and support the grounds at Deep Eddy Pool. Donor’s names will be put into a drawing for gift cards to local establishments.
For more information, visit the event website.
Deep Eddy Pool
401 Deep Eddy Drive