AUSTIN (KXAN) — Almost a year after it was shut down for major leaks, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department reopened Mabel Davis Pool on July 4, just in time for the holiday. It says other pools that were shut down to be completely rebuilt will open next year.
Mabel Davis Pool closed in May 2017 when significant leaking was discovered. Now, after over a year of repairs, proper detection tests confirm that the leaking has been reduced from 200,000 gallons of water per day to an “acceptable” 9,000 gallons a day.
However, repairs are still underway at the Shipe Pool and Wading Pool, as well as the Govalle Pool. Both of these locations are undergoing renovations worth $3.1 million. The pools are expected to be reopened in summer 2019.
All other pools are open as scheduled, and though 660 lifeguards are ready to work at these sites, the PARD is still looking to hire about 90 more trained lifeguards for this summer season. Amid their search, the Department’s Aquatic Division will continue to train and onboard lifeguards every day.
Check pool closure updates on the Austin Parks and Recreation Department website.