Final input needed on conceptual design for Shipe Pool

Shipe Pool in Austin (KXAN Photo)
Shipe Pool in Austin (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Before remodeling starts, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department wants public input on the completed conceptual design for Shipe Pool.

The 80-year-old Shipe Pool was identified as a “critical pool” by the city in 2014. The department determined if no repairs were made to the pool, it would functionally fail within the next five swim seasons.

The Austin City Council approved $3.1 million for the refurbishment of the pool and with the help of numerous public meetings and online surveys, the design is ready for final approval. Any renovations made will focus on improvements that meet current health, ADA codes and aquatic standards as set by the PARD and local codes.

The open house is scheduled from 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Hancock Recreation Center, 811 E. 41st St. on Monday, Oct. 10.

Conceptual design for Shipe Pool
Conceptual design for Shipe Pool (City of Austin)

In May, KXAN Investigator Robert Maxwell revealed while City of Austin public pools are generally safe and free of life threatening dangers, the process of inspecting pools can sometimes be haphazard. To find out what inspectors found at your city pool, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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