Splash Movies Seeking Sponsor

As you may know, Splash Movie Nights were sponsored last summer by an advertiser which resulted in the use of much better projection, screen and sound equipment. Joe Williams of Blue Moon Cinemas is looking for a new sponsor for this summer so that the new and improved Splash Movie Nights can continue. If you have any contacts or ideas in this regard, please contact Joe at 215-4005;

Deep Eddy Mural Project Dedication – Oct 16 5-7 PM

2011 Annual Meeting Minutes

Download the 2011 minutes – FODE Minutes 05-18-11

City of Austin Masters Program

The City of Austin and TeamTexas have partnered up to offer a City-wide masters program at a pool near you.  Practices started at the beginning of May at Northwest Pool and Balcones Pool.  On May 16, practices begin at Deep Eddy Pool.  In June, practices will be offered at various times of the day in many more of the City pools.

The program is open to fitness swimmers, competitive swimmers and triathlets alike of all ages 18 and over and swimmers of all skills and speeds.  For more information, call Sandy at 327-1280 or Keith at 327-2260.

Click here to go to the Team Texas web site.

FODE Annual Meeting Notice – May 17 at 6:30PM

We will have our annual meeting on Tuesday May 17, 2011 at 6:30pm on the pool terrace. Officers, please get in touch about your desire to continue to serve or not. Self nominations are encouraged for any officer position or board membership. In addition to taking care of our annual business, we will get an update about the pool reconstruction process. Additionally, we will discuss the purchase of one or more memorial benches in memory of Lewis Cook III, a regular swimmer who died recently in a tragic accident in Colorado.

Deep Eddy Mural Project Needs Help

The Deep Eddy Mosaic Mural Project is seeking people who have a historical story about Deep Eddy for a documentary the Project is making about the pool. We want the documentary to convey the pool’s rich history and the project to create a mosaic mural that is capturing the interest of students all across Austin and teaching the the pool’s history.

KLRU has written a letter of intent to air the 30 minute documentary three times during prime time and syndicate it for two years. Art In Public Places has funded the mural, and we are still seeking funding for the documentary. Any donation made for the funding of the documentary will be tax deductible. Please mail your donation to The Friends of Deep Eddy with the note for its intention to be for the documentary or Mural Project. We are also seeking corporate sponsors for the documentary that get 30 seconds of acknowledgment at the title beginning and end of the documentary. Please contact Wanda Montemayor at or 512-577-7483.

Other Donations requested
Hand held Tile nippers
Tile Nippers/cutters of any kind
Table tile cutters
Mirror, Glass cutters and Runners
Tarp, PVC Pipping
HomeDepot or Lowes gift cards

Next Deep Eddy Design Meeting set for Feb 9

The second Deep Eddy Pool and Landscape Improvements Community Input meeting will be held Wednesday February 9, 2011, 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Aquatic Office.

December 8 Deep Eddy Design meeting

Deep Eddy Pool and Landscape Improvements

2nd Public Input Meeting
Wednesday, December 8, 2010

7:30 – 9:00 pm

At Austin Park and Recreation Aquatics Office (Deep Eddy)
401 Deep Eddy Avenue

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites the public to the upcoming community input meeting on the proposed improvements to the Deep Eddy Pool and grounds. This meeting will be the second of two meetings to be held regarding the redesign and re-construction of the pool.

This second meeting will summarize public input received from the first meeting and will provide an additional opportunity for public input through a ‘hands on’ design exercise led by the design/build consultant team.

If you missed the first meeting, you may view the presentation at Questions regarding the Deep Eddy pool and landscape improvement process may be emailed to:

The City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided upon request. Meeting locations are planned with wheelchair access. If requiring Sign Language Interpreters or alternative formats, please give notice at least 4 days before the meeting date. Please call Diana Sherman at the Parks and Recreation Department, at 974-9467, for additional information; TTY users route through Relay Texas at 711.

New well update and Maintenance Closing Reminder

The pool will close for 3 weeks beginning October 18 for annual maintenance. If the weather cooperates, the pool may reopen sooner than the schedule date of November 6. We’ll do our best to keep you posted.

You may have noticed that the new well has been placed into service. The driller did some flow testing (without the cost and inconvenience of the video test) and suggested that we can run the well without sediment under certain conditions. The well was running into the shallow side clear as a bell on Friday, but had some sediment when used to fill the lap pool yesterday. We are hopeful these kinks will be worked out and that the well will be in service as the weather cools.

Well Update


As you know, our new well has not been put into service because of the fine sediment particles it produces. Based on advice from the driller, we have been running the well into the lake in hopes that the sediment would be cleaned out from the formation fractures at the bottom of the well. Unfortunately, this has not occurred and the well is still producing a lot of sediment.

The driller has advised that the next step is to pull the pump and insert a video camera into the well for a day to survey what’s happening in the well. A crane will remove the pump, install the video camera and then reinstall the pump. The pump will be run at various flow rates during the day while the camera records the activity at the bottom of the well. In the best case scenario, we would find that the sediment is coming from a particular fracture or fractures but not from the entire area at the bottom of the well. This would allow the driller to reconfigure the shroud at the bottom of the pump, reposition the pump in the well and produce (hopefully) water with no sediment. In the worst case scenario, we find that the sediment is coming from all of the formation fractures. The video survey would then provide critical information for the driller to create a remediation project for the well that would involve using air and a vacuum process to clean out the sediment from the fractures.

We specifically asked the driller about just drilling the well deeper to another formation. He advised against this because in this part of the Edwards Aquifer there is an area of water that is laden with minerals and would not be appropriate for use in a swimming pool. The risk of encountering that water with a deeper well is not worth taking given the drilling expense involved.

The cost of the video survey is $3,695. Paul Bardagjy and I met with the driller this morning to discuss the project in detail and recommend that FODE pay for this work so that we have a better chance of getting the well on line before winter. Due to the City’s purchasing procedure, it could take months for the City to engage the driller for the video survey. FODE has about $16,600 in unrestricted funds in the bank. We would like to hear from you with your opinion about moving forward with the work. Please respond within the next week. If we have consensus, we will authorize the driller to proceed.

We can afford paying for the work, but if anyone wants to help fund this project, please send your donation to Friends of Deep Eddy, 1409 W. 6th St, Austin, Texas 78703.

As always, we greatly appreciate your support.