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Barton Springs Pool to close for tunnel repairs

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It’s a good thing the dog days are behind us as one of Austin’s most popular spots to cool down is expected to close until next spring.

Barton Springs Pool, the crown jewel of Austin’s park system, will close at the beginning of October to make way for a $2.9 million project to repair an underwater bypass tunnel.

The cracked tunnel runs in 75 feet in 13 underground sections. It allows flood waters from Barton Creek to flow around Barton Springs.

In 2008, holes were discovered in the tunnel, causing pool water levels to drop dramatically. Right now those holes are temporarily plugged.

The city says it's necessary to close the pool once major construction begins.

Brian Leonard and his wife Brenda swim here, every day.

"For me this is one of our major sources of community you know. This is where everybody comes to hang out," Leonard said.

Another regular, retired attorney Dan Crow, told YNN he’ll find another swimming hole to frequent.

"I'll probably go to the Deep Eddy or Big Stacy," Crow said.

Minor problems—including cracks in the dam—will also be fixed.

Work will begin at the shallow end of the pool in about 10 days, and the entire pool will be closed by mid-November.

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