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Balmorhea State Park to Close for 6 Months Pending Repairs

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The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) confirmed via a web post that the Balmorhea State Park will once again be closing for repairs. Scheduled to close on September 3, 2019, the entire park will shut down for six months for repair work in addition to the installation of a new septic system. The projected reopening is scheduled for March 1, 2020.

Due to construction, the San Solomon Courts and campground are closed. However, as of July 30, 2019, Balmorhea remains open until the September shut down, though showers at the pool bathhouses are closed as a result of septic system issues. Over the past couple of years, the park has been closed and reopened fairly regularly. Prior issues with the release gate as well as the pool’s foundation had resulted in the on-again/off-again operation.

Video: YouTube/TPWD

The video above is just a small sample of the family fun that can be had at Balmorhea State Park. In May 2018, we reported that due to pool foundation issues, the pool would be closed for an indeterminate amount of time. By January 2019, a $2 million fundraising goal was met thanks to corporations as well as public donations made by patrons, and the pool reopened this spring. Balmorhea State Park is home to the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. It was built in the mid-1930s and entails 1.3 acres. With a depth of 25 feet, at its deepest, it’s a refreshing swim and a unique part of the colorful past of Texas. Those wishing to remain updated on park closure, repairs, and scheduled reopening can visit the park’s webpage at the link provided here.

Balmorhea is a unique and beloved Texas getaway spot, and it’s been that way for generations of Texans. Did you splash in the pool when you were growing up? What about as an adult with a family of your own? Do you have any special memories of this wonderful Texas location? We want to hear all about them!