The city of Galveston, Texas broke ground on the community’s first-ever swimming pool on September 20th, 2016. The new pool, which will open the summer of 2017, will cost 4.1 million dollars.
Galveston, Texas is an island city located off the coast of Texas. It consists of two islands, Galveston and Pelican islands. They are most known for their tourism industry. The city contains nearly 50,000 people, which makes it even more surprising that this is the first municipal pool on the island.
The new municipal pool comes as a result of Galveston’s new Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan. This plan is an attempt to increase the amount of parks and other community areas for the city. The 4.1 million dollars used to build the pool have all been fund-raised by 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.
This project will 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 at minimal cost to Galveston residents. The pool will have a play area with a slide for recreational use, as well as an 8-lane, 25-yard training pool. This training pool will be the first municipal training pool on Galveston island.