The pool at Balmorhea State Park will be closed until further notice pending repairs.
Damage to the concrete apron under the diving board was found during the pool’s annual cleaning this week, and park officials are evaluating the extent of the damage and taking steps to repair the structure, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced in a release Thursday.
The park is remaining open for day-use only, with limited facilities.
Habitats have been created outside of the pool for the protection of wildlife living in the San Solomon Springs the pool is a part of, including two small, endangered desert fishes — the Pecos gambusia and the Comanche Springs pupfish.
“Balmorhea State Park is a treasured oasis in west Texas that has provided unique recreational opportunities for generations of Texans,” Brent Leisure, director of Texas State Parks, was quoted as saying in the release.
“Our staff is working diligently to address the situation and make the pool is safe for the visitors and the aquatic life in habitats associated with the San Solomon Springs.”
For more information Balmorhea State Park, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website at TPWD.Texas.gov, or call the park at 432-375-2370.