At the Sept. 13, 2019, Barton Springs Pool Howl at the Moon event, also known as the Full Moon Swim, attendance will be limited to 750 patrons after 8:30 p.m. Additionally, attendees will be required to pay the Barton Springs Pool entry fee.
Every full moon, hundreds of Austinites descend on Barton Springs Pool, crane their necks to the sky, and howl at the moon. As Austin's population has grown, so too has the attendance for the Howl at the Moon event. This tradition started as a small, community organized, and family-friendly event. However, attendance has topped 2,500 individuals at events during summer months. This increase caused safety concerns such as obstructed walkways and noise levels that hindered the lifeguards’ duties.
In the summer of 2017, the Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) implemented new rules at the Barton Springs Pool Howl at the Moon event to help ensure the safety of participants and to preserve an enjoyable event for those in attendance. PARD will implement the following rules again this year:
Extend the standard entry fee past 9:00 p.m. for full moon events.
Limit the number of attendees to 750 after 8:30 p.m.
Make additional law enforcement officers available to assist with crowd control.
Conduct post-event evaluations to determine opportunities for improvement.
PARD staff members are working to preserve the integrity of this community tradition while balancing the public safety concerns that have arisen with the event’s growth. Any additional changes will be announced prior to upcoming events.
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