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Barton Springs Pool reopens, reservation system will be gone by July

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Barton Springs Pool in Zilker Park will reopen for the first time Friday since last week’s floods forced it to close for more than a week. But perhaps the more notable announcement Wednesday was that Barton Springs Pool will discontinue its brand new reservation system and move back to in-person sales by July.

Barton Springs Pool started requiring reservations on May 21, saying people needed to sign up ahead of time for a two-hour swim period. Those reservations will continue for most of June, but Austin Parks and Rec said it will offer more reservations after hiring new open water lifeguards.

“Due to a lifeguard shortage caused by a year-long hiring freeze and disruption to training, pools will continue to operate with modified hours and capacity,” Austin Parks and Rec said in a statement.

It announced the pool will reopen Friday after staff finish cleaning up from the floods. Barton Springs Pool has been closed since June 3.

During the closure, Deep Eddy Pool expanded its hours, but it will return to its regular modified hours on Saturday.

Reservations to enter Barton Springs Pool cost $ 5 for Austin residents. Season pass holders, people 80 or older and veterans or active duty military can enter the pool without a reservation.

Barton Springs Pool operating hours

  • Daily from 5 a.m. – 8 a.m. – Free swim at your own risk (no reservations needed)
  • Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays from 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Swim with lifeguards watching (reservations required until end of June)

Deep Eddy Pool operating hours

  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays from 9 a.m. – noon – Lap swim only (shallow side closed)
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays from noon – 7 p.m. – Recreation swim (minimum of two lap lanes available)
  • Sundays, Tuesdays, Fridays closed

Author: Wes Wilson
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Did a Bear in Florida Use a Woman’s Pool After Ripping a Hole in Her Screen?

In April 2021, Karen Bockrath, a resident of Naples, Florida, went to the local TV news station with some unusual photographs. The pictures showed a large bear recreating in her swimming pool. Bockrath’s pictures can bee seen in this local news report:

Bockrath jokingly told local WBBH-TV that she considers the animal — believed to be a Florida black bear — her pet.

Bockrath said the bear tore through a screen barrier to access the pool, and that he has used the same method of exit and entry repeatedly.

“It was only scary when he came up to my sliders and was checking out my living room,” Bockrath told the Miami Herald. “I really hope he doesn’t think my new couch looks comfy.”

Florida black bears are not naturally aggressive and in the vast majority of cases, try to avoid confrontation, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. As is the case with all wildlife, members of the public should avoid feeding and interacting with them.

Author: Bethania Palma
This post originally appeared on Snopes.com

Covid treatment: Chlorinated pool water helps inactivate COVID-19 in under 30 seconds

The research established that 1.5mg per litre of free chlorine with a pH between 7-7.2 reduced the infectivity of the virus by more than 1000-fold within 30 seconds.

Additional testing of different free chlorine and pH ranges confirmed that chlorine in swimming pool water was more effective with a lower pH which is in line with current guidance for swimming pool operation.

Professor Wendy Barclay, Imperial College, said: “We performed these experiments at our high containment laboratories in London.

“Under these safe conditions, we are able to measure the ability of the virus to infect cells, which is the first step in its transmission.

“By mixing the virus with swimming pool water that was delivered to us by the Water Babies team, we could show that the virus does not survive in swimming pool water: it was no longer infectious.

“That, coupled with the huge dilution factor of virus that might find its way into a swimming pool from an infected person, suggests the chance of contracting Covid-19 from swimming pool water is negligible.”

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Life and Style Feed
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Martha Stewart, 79, Jokes She Got ‘A Lot Of Proposals’ After Sexy Pool ‘Thirst Trap’: ‘I Had To Ignore Them’

While appearing on ‘Ellen,’ Martha Stewart revealed just how much fans actually thirsted over her viral swimsuit photo. Even Howie Mandel ‘couldn’t stop looking at the picture.’

It wasn’t the only time Martha posted a thirst trap — or received a thirsty comment. Months later on Feb. 4, the cookbook author shared a glamorous selfie[5] of herself after a round with her beauty team. Drew Barrymore[6] couldn’t resist commenting, “Again, I don’t care if it’s inappropriate… YOU ARE SO HOT.” From Howie to Drew, the consensus is unanimous: Martha is hot!

Like Martha said, though, she is a busy woman. In 2020, she starred in a new HGTV show called Martha Knows Best which followed the star as she tackled gardening projects on her farm in New York.


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Simone says: Olympic champion pushes for change in, out of pool

As one of the few elite Black athletes in the predominantly white sport, Simone Manuel is focused on helping swimming become more racially inclusive.

Editor’s note: The attached video is about USA Boxing setting up a gym in an abandoned apartment store to train for the Olympics.  

The pool has long been home to Simone Manuel. Outside of it, the Olympic champion is pushing herself in a new endeavor to boost the profile of women’s sports.
She joined with fellow Olympians Sue Bird, Chloe Kim and Alex Morgan to launch TOGETHXR, a media and commerce company aimed at girls and women. It will create content for social media platforms like Instagram and TikTok as well as its own YouTube channel. Billie Jean King cheered its announcement this week.
“I can’t wait to share everything we have in store,” Manuel tweeted. “There has never been a place for women that exist like this. It’s about damn time.”
Manuel has been busy making her own news in the water. She broke out at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, becoming the first Black woman to win an individual gold medal in swimming with her victory in the 100-meter freestyle, one of four medals she earned.
In 2019, she became the first American woman to sweep the 50 and 100 freestyles at the world championships.
She’s aiming to defend her 100 free title at the Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year by the coronavirus pandemic. When Stanford closed its facilities last March, Manuel and training partner Katie Ledecky found a backyard pool to work out in.
“If you think about it, we’ve essentially been training for five years for the Olympics, so it takes a lot out of you and it takes a lot of mental strength to continue to push on through this period,” Manuel said Thursday in a virtual interview. “We’re all kind of going through the ebbs and flows of how to train for an extra year.”
Although the self-critical Manuel wasn’t pleased with her time, she won the 100 free on Thursday at the TYR Pro Swim meet in her home state of Texas. She touched in 54.62 seconds at the indoor pool in San Antonio. Abbey Weitzel was second at 54.68. Ledecky took third in 54.74.
“Got the win which was nice, but I would’ve liked to see something better than that,” she said. “I’ve always found my confidence from training and training’s been going really well.”
She competes Friday in the 200 free.
It’s Manuel’s return to national competition for the first time during the pandemic. She takes consolation in the fact that all the world’s athletes have been going through “this crazy time.”
“Obviously, we’ve been dealing with it for a year but this is not normal,” she said. “Just leaning on my teammates and leaning on my family and friends, and trying to make the best out of the situation. Sometimes when you go through obstacles, it’s you and you alone, but there’s kind of a sense of community.”
Manuel has used the unexpected time to do good in Northern California. She and a corporate partner teamed to give 1,000 laptops and free WiFi for three years to students at recreational facilities in Oakland.
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As one of the few elite Black athletes in the predominantly white sport, Manuel is focused on helping swimming become more racially inclusive.
She’s been outspoken on Twitter about everything from social justice to the crisis in Texas involving major utility failures that left people without power, heat and running water. “We as a country need to do better to take care of everyone,” she posted.
Also Thursday, Ledecky easily won the 400 freestyle in 4 minutes, five seconds for her second victory of the four-day meet. She won the 1,500 free by over 21 seconds a day earlier.
Caeleb Dressel finished eighth in the 200 butterfly and third in the consolation final of the 100 freestyle in his only events. The dominant American men’s swimmer over the last four years was headed home to Florida to attend a wedding. Dressel got married last month.
The pandemic that delayed the Tokyo Olympics for a year has done no favors for Ryan Lochte. The 12-time Olympic medalist is bidding to make his fifth games at age 36. He failed to make it out of the preliminaries, finishing 32nd in the 100 free and 25th in the 100 breaststroke.
Blake Pieroni won the men’s 100 free in 49.19 seconds. Nathan Adrian, the 2012 Olympic champion who successfully overcame testicular cancer two years ago, won the consolation final in 49.53.