Budget-strapped Fort Worth to reopen city pool




Posted on May 21, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 22 at 2:13 AM

FORT WORTH — Fort Worth pools are coming out of the deep end after two years of budget shortfalls.

Marine Park pool will open Saturday for the first time since all city pools were closed in 2010. The city spent nearly $150,000 to bring it out of mothballs.

Rosa Garcia stopped by to check on progress and started to dance when she was told it will be ready for swimmers on Memorial Day weekend.

"It's time to go swimming!" she cheered.

There is also hope for the city's biggest and oldest pool, at Forest Park. Built in 1922, it was closed in 2010 when a liner failed. The city was told it would cost nearly $3 million to bring it up to code.

Now, a private donor has paid for an engineering study to determine the true cost of repairs.

TCU's swim team used the Forest Park pool for training because it is one of only a few in Tarrant County with 50-meter lanes.

Swimmers now train at a private pool, but coach Richard Sybesma worries about a generation being raised without public water safety classes.

"You better learn to swim, and you need a place to learn," Sybesma said. "And Forest Park is a great place to do that."

Marine Park pool will be the only municipal pool open north of Interstate 30.

The city will once again partner with several YMCA pools this summer. Adults pay $2 and kids $1 to use the pools for a couple of hours per day. Here are the locations:

  • Eastside YMCA, 1500 Sandy Lane
  • E.R. Van Zandt Southwest YMCA, 4750 Barwick Drive
  • McDonald Community YMCA, 2400 East Berry Street (closed on Sunday)
  • Westside YMCA, 8201 Calmont Avenue

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