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Starting Today, Hamilton Pool Welcomes Swimmers Again

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In 2016, two people tragically drowned in the waters of Hamilton Pool, west of Austin. In order to reassess the safety of the park, Travis County Parks shut down swimming at Hamilton Pool temporarily. Monday, May 1st marks the reopening of the gorgeous natural pool for swimmers who can expect to see a couple of positive safety changes.

KVUE writes that a new kiosk has been installed at the entrance of the pool/park where swimmers will be able to rent a life jacket free of charge. Also, throw rings have been installed around the circular swimming hole. Hopefully, these safety measures will prevent a future disaster.

It’s also worth noting that daily bacterial tests are run at Hamilton Pool to determine whether or not the water is healthy for swimmers. High counts will cause the pool to close as seen fit by the Texas State Health Department. Always check the pool’s website before heading over.

As it reads on the Hamilton Pool Preserve website, online reservations are “required to enter Hamilton Pool from May 1, 2017, through September 30, 2017.” They also remind visitors that no lifeguards are ever on duty at the pool.