Bartholomew Pool to reopen after 5 year wait

Photo courtesy of City of Austin.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — After closing five years ago, an Austin city pool is set to reopen this week following a $5.7 million makeover.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Bartholomew Pool will reopen Friday with more amenities than any of the city’s 50 other pools. Amenities include two water slides, two child-friendly pool areas and a separate 25-yard lap pool and a diving board section.

Jodi Jay, the city’s aquatic division program manager, says the uniquely designed pool was a product of neighborhood feedback.

Bartholomew Pool closed in 2009 because of cracks. Built in the 1960s, it used to be an L-shaped pool with a diving well and a wading pool.

The city spent three years meeting with neighbors, obtaining permits and seeking bids for a firm to design and build the pool.

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