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Balmorhea State Park Pool Closed for Indeterminate Time Frame

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Those who were planning to head to west Texas and enjoy the cool, clear waters at Balmorhea State Park will now have to place those plans on hold for an undetermined period of time. According to a press release from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, over the course of the yearly pool cleaning at the park, prior to the opening of the summer season, officials have found that the swimming hole had a “structural failure.” This has forced the closure of the pool indefinitely until crews can determine how to move forward and address the issue.

As it stands, concrete that was installed for the apron beneath the diving board has been damaged. This component helps with pool wall stability and mitigating erosion. “Balmorhea State Park is a treasured oasis in west Texas that has provided unique recreational opportunities for generations of Texans. Our staff is working diligently to address the situation and make [sure] the pool is safe for the visitors and the aquatic life in habitats associated with the San Solomon Springs,” explained Brent Leisure, director of Texas State Parks.

Balmorhea State Park Pool Closed for Indeterminate Time Frame

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Known as the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool, the structure was constructed in the mid-1930s. The Balmorhea State Park pool covers 1.3 acres and has a depth of 25 feet at its deepest. Although the pool will be closed, the press release stated that the park will remain open for those wishing to access it for day-use passes only. For more information on the pool closure or for updates with respect to its repair and possible re-opening, visit the park’s webpage at the link provided here.