Finally, it’s time to swim with the fishes. But, um, in a good way.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on Monday announced that Balmorhea State Park’s spring-fed swimming pool — said to be the largest in the world — will reopen to the public on June 26.
The pool and day use areas will be open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or sunset, whichever comes first, according to the department. Limited day passes are now on sale and can be reserved up to 30 days in advance at tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/park-reservation-information/reservations.
Balmorhea has been closed more than it’s been open over the past couple of years. In May 2018, officials closed the pool indefinitely when crews discovered damage to the concrete apron beneath the diving board, which stabilizes the walls of the pool, during an annual draining and cleaning. The pool reopened in March 2019, but just months later in the fall, it was shut down again in order to upgrade the failing septic system. Balmorhea had been set to reopen around spring of 2020, but then the coronavirus pandemic struck.
“Light construction is still ongoing in the pool area, so the public is asked to remain vigilant,” according to the June 14 announcement.
“We know that people are dying to get back out to the pool,” park superintendent Carolyn Rose told Texas Monthly recently. “Cultural history and the natural environment come…