World's Largest Spring-Fed Swimming Pool Reopens In Texas

Kelli Wiese
March 01, 2019 - 4:46 pm

Balmorhea State Park

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BALMORHEA (1080 KRLD) - The world's largest spring-fed swimming pool has reopened.

Balmorhea State Park's pool in West Texas is open again after months of repairs. The pool was built in the 1930s by the federal Civilian Conservation Corps. More than 15 million gallons of water flow through the pool each day 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. 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.

Stephanie Garcia with Texas Parks and Wildlife says, "The pool had to be closed last May after a partial collapse during cleaning."

Due to the cultural sensitivity of the site and the presence of endangered species, no heavy equipment was used during construction. The project was estimated to cost $2 million. Apache Corporation partnered with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation  to help pay the repairs. The fundraising effort was jump-started with a $1 million challenge grant announced by TPWF and Apache in August 2018. Apache pledged to match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million.

Donations poured in, and by Jan. 17, more than $1 million had been raised. More than 575 donations were received from all corners of the state, with 60 percent of the donations under $100.

Several Texas companies made significant contributions, including Texas Pacific Land Trust, Saulsbury Industries, McCoy Remme Ranches, Legend Energy Services, Pioneer Energy Services, and Garrison Brothers Distillery. In addition to their initial $1 million match effort, Apache Corporation contributed a $1 million endowment to benefit Balmorhea State Park in perpetuity.

For more information about the park, or to buy a day pass to Balmorhea State Park, visit the TPWD website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/balmorhea.