You may have heard the sad news that the Balmorhea State Park pool is closed until further notice due to structural failure.
TPWF has established a fund to raise $2 million for the repairs. Apache Corporation is providing a challenge grant and will match gifts dollar for dollar up to $1 million.
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The damage was discovered during the pool’s annual cleaning. After months of geotechnical evaluation, it was found that the damage was caused by decades of erosion from the flow of water from the springs. The project is expected to take several months to complete and is estimated to cost $2 million. The pool will remain closed until the repairs are completed.
About the Balmorhea State Park pool
The Civilian Conservation Corps structure was built in the mid-1930s and is the world’s largest spring-fed swimming pool. More than 15 million gallons of water flow through the pool each day, gushing from the San Solomon Springs. The 1.3- acre pool is up to 25 feet deep, holds 3.5 million gallons of water and the water temperature stays at 72 to 76 degrees year-round.
Additionally, the Balmorhea State Park pool is home to numerous species of aquatic animals, including two small, endangered desert fishes – the Pecos gambusia and the Comanche Springs pupfish. Habitats have been created outside of the pool for the protection of these species and numerous invertebrates. Steps are being taken to ensure the important habitats and species that call the San Solomon Springs home are protected.
The park remains open for day use only with limited facilities.