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Posted: Friday, March 1, 2019 10:31 am

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department announced Friday that Balmorhea State Park’s San Solomon Springs pool has reopened to the public in time for the swimming season.

The park and pool will be open for day use only from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., or sunset, whichever comes first, the TPWD website stated. The San Solomon Courts and campground are still under construction and it was unknown when they would be reopened, so there is no lodging or camping at this time.

The pool was closed last May after damage to the concrete apron under the diving board was discovered during the pool’s annual cleaning, a news release from TPWD stated.

“We are thrilled to have the pool at Balmorhea open once again. The pool is a natural wonder that is enjoyed by visitors far and wide,” said Rodney Franklin, director of Texas State Parks, in a prepared statement. “This renowned desert oasis is not only important for our West Texas community but for all of Texas. The work done during this project will help preserve this unique aquatic habitat for generations of Texans to enjoy.”

The repair project was extensive and due to the cultural sensitivity of the site and presence of endangered species, no heavy equipment was used during construction. The project was estimated to cost $2 million and the fundraising effort was jump-started with a $1 million challenge grant.

Apache Corporation pledged to match all donations, dollar-for-dollar up to $1 million. The company also contributed a $1 million endowment to benefit Balmorhea State Park in perpetuity, the release stated.

More than 575 donations were received from all corners of the state, with 60 percent of the donations under $100. Texas companies like Saulsbury Industries, Texas Pacific Land Trust, McCoy Remme Ranches, Legend Energy Services, Pioneer Energy Services and Garrison Brothers Distillery also made significant contributions.

For more information about the park, visit the TPWD website.

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