AUSTIN (KXAN) — Attendance to Barton Springs Pool’s “Howl at the Moon” nights will, beginning on Tuesday, July 19, be limited to 750 people.
The limit will go in to place at 8:30 p.m. on full moon nights.
The city says attendees will also need to pay the standard Barton Springs Pool entry fee ($3 for adult residents).
These steps are being implemented to ensure the safety of participants and preserve an enjoyable event for those in attendance, the Parks and Recreation Department said Friday.
“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 to has the attendance for what started out as a small, family-friendly event,” the statement continued.
At their last event on June 21, more than 2,500 people showed up.
Walkways filled to the brim with attendees and noise levels too loud for lifeguards to do their job led to the decision to curb attendance.
The pool will have additional law enforcement on hand. “The Department understands the importance of preserving the integrity of a historical event and is working to balance the nostalgia of the past with the current public safety concerns associated with the event’s evolution. Any additional changes will be announced prior to upcoming events.”
For more information visit the city’s website.