On September 20th, 2016 at 9:30a.m. the City of Galveston will break ground on the City’s first community swimming pool. This $4.1 million project will provide residents with a state-of-the-art facility to enjoy all summer long. There will be a recreational pool will include kid-friendly play structures and a body slide that is sure to be a family favorite. The facility will also include an eight-lane Olympic size pool for hosting swim meets.
Building a community pool was the City’s number one priority in the implementation of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan. Better Parks for Galveston stepped in to help the City raise the funds to make this dream a reality. Over the last two years all $4.1 million needed were raised through funding from the Industrial Development Corporation, Better Parks for Galveston, a grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife, the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund, and numerous foundation grants and private donations. “Galveston knows how to come together to accomplish great things, and this community swimming pool is just another example. We look forward to seeing our residents enjoying the pool for years to come.” said City Manager, Brian Maxwell.
The Galveston Community Swimming Pool is envisioned as a safe recreational alternative for children and families, where supervised swimming and water safety education can be provided to Galveston residents at minimal cost. This new addition to the Galveston Parks System will give the City the ability provide fitness classes, private party rentals, and swimming lessons; as well as the opportunity to offer community safety courses to include, first aid, CPR, and lifeguard training.
The program for the ceremony will include remarks by individuals closely involved with this project from inception, including elected officials, community partners, and staff. Construction will begin shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony and the pool is expected to be open for residents to enjoy by the summer of 2017.