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City of Amarillo to permanently close Thompson Park Pool

City of Amarillo
Due to structural issues, Thompson Park Pool will be permanently closed. Following numerous inspections, it has been determined the pool is unsafe for future use.

Thompson Park Pool is the oldest public swimming pool in the City of Amarillo. The pool opened in 1931.

Inspections of the pool facility identified widespread deterioration of concrete and reinforcing steel in the pool’s structure. In addition, there is evidence of corrosion in the metals within the pool walls and floors. The corrosion of embedded materials creates the potential for an electrical shock hazard. There are also numerous leaks throughout the pool facility. The pool loses approximately 300,000 gallons of water a month during the swim season.

The pool has undergone at least three significant repair/renovation projects since 1954. The pool had a $300,000 renovation project in 1986 and a $434,949 renovation project in 2003.

“This decision is entirely based on the issue of public safety. Thompson Pool has been in existence for 87 years, and the pool has become unsafe,” said Michael Kashuba, City of Amarillo Director of Parks and Recreation. “It is no longer feasible or possible to repair or renovate the pool while also maintaining standards of public safety. We have initiated an asset management plan for the entire Parks and Recreation Department. Once this plan is complete, we will have a better understanding of the current state of department assets, and we will be able to plan the budget and resources accordingly.”

Amarillo City Council recently approved the asset management plan for Parks and Recreation.

City of Amarillo has three public swimming pools – Warford Activity Center (1330 N.W. 18th Ave.); Southeast Pool (3400 S. Osage St.) and Southwest Pool at John Stiff Memorial Park (4800 S. Bell St.)

City of Amarillo has 15 splash pads, including seven in north Amarillo.

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