Austin Parks and Recreation talks about Govalle Pool improvements

Govalle Pool (KXAN Photo/ Justin Hobby)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Parks and Recreation Department held a community breakfast Saturday morning to talk about Govalle Pool improvements.

In September 2014, city council awarded over $3 million to the parks and recreation department to refurbish the Govalle Pool. That same year, the results of the Aquatic Assessment defined the Govalle Pool as a ‘critical pool,’ meaning that it has the potential to fail to fail within the next five swim seasons.

Blueprints of the Govalle Pool improvements (KXAN Photo/Justin Hobby)
Blueprints of the Govalle Pool improvements (KXAN Photo/Justin Hobby)

The meeting allowed the community to review the final design of the pool, provide feedback and time to even reminisce about the 60-year-old neighborhood pool.

“My brother met his wife here. She was a real good swimmer so we’d sit out here and watch her swim back and forth and make fun of her about how fast she would swim and ended up marrying her,” resident Pete Rivera said.

Rivera has lived in the neighborhood for over 55 years and began a petition about the Govalle Pool and other recreational improvements in the neighborhood.

Improvements such as restroom facilities, both a lap and kids pool, shade structures and art are just some of the changes being made to the new Govalle Aquatic Facility.

For more information about the Govalle Pool project, click here.

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