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Cowtown Pool Reopens Following Renovations

Rendering of Forest Park Pool | Image by City of Fort Worth
Rendering of Forest Park Pool | Image by City of Fort Worth

A Fort Worth pool reopened this past weekend following months of renovations.

Forest Park Pool opened on June 1 to kick off summer following $15 million in renovations, per WFAA.

The pool, located off Forest Park Boulevard, dates back to 1922 but has been closed for the last year due to extensive renovations.

The renovations included adding eight 50-meter swimming lanes, a new bathhouse, a leisure pool, a water slide, and various interactive water play features.

The renovation was funded through a 2022 bond program approved by voters. Previous renovations from 2010 through 2013 were necessary because of structural issues, per WFAA. The city spent $830,000 on those previous repairs.

A ribbon-cutting event celebrated the opening of the pool located at 2850 Park Place Ave. on May 25.

The ribbon-cutting, which was attended by the mayor and city council members, featured synchronized swimmers, the TCU pep squad, and the swim team alongside the O.D. Wyatt High School drumline, per WFAA.

“I believe this pool is just as important as a fire station or a police station,” Mayor Mattie Parker said at the event, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Admission to the pool costs $5 for children (ages 17 and under), $6 for adults, and $4 for seniors and the military.

The pool will be open on weekends only from Memorial Day through June 9. The full season will begin June 11 through August 11, with closures every Monday. The pool schedule will return to weekends only from August 17 to September 2. Hours of operation are from 12 to 6 p.m.

Swimsuits are required to be worn when swimming. T-shirts, basketball shorts, cotton shorts, denim shorts, and non-aquatic undergarments are not allowed in the pool. According to the city’s website, this is because “laundry detergent and fabric softener remain in loosely woven fibers like cotton and mesh. These chemicals deplete chlorine (the primary means of keeping pool water clean) and change acid levels in the pool. When water chemistry is affected, the water is less clean.”

For more information about the new facility, including details on renting it out, click here.

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