City of Fort Worth budget cuts forced city council to close down its municipal pools back in 2009. But residents have been demanding the city reopen one. And at last, "Marine Park Pool" was repaired and reopened for business today. Families are thrilled to once again have a nearby public pool to enjoy.
The looks on their faces say it all. And Diana Ruiz didn't waste any time - she was the first person to make a splash.“I came to swim…soo, I got in first and everybody was all happy and once I started, everybody else did," says Fort Worth resident, Diana Ruiz.
It's been two years since Fort Worth residents enjoyed splashing around in a local public pool."We actually found out on the website today and we was very excited, we were like "we gotta get there!" says Fort Worth resident, Timothy Williams.
All municipal pools in Fort Worth have been closed since 2009 due to city budget cuts. But residents demanding a public pool be open for the summer finally got what they wished for.
“It’s good for the pool to be open again," says Fort Worth resident, Kenzee Ford.
Parents are happy and the kids are excited.“We told them yesterday and they wanted to come yesterday and we told them it didn’t open until today and allll morning they were going, ‘we’re going to the pool, we’re going to the pool!” and I’m like YESS—it’s not open yet!” says Ana Vasquez, while laughing.
After roughly 150-thousand dollars worth of renovations, 86-year-old Marine Park Pool will keep residents cool all summer long.
"We're pretty happy that we have something to do for the rest of the summer instead of just staying home," says a young Fort Worth resident, Ricardo Buchanan.
But next year, this pool will be gone. In its place, something better: a nearly 3.9 million dollar, state-of-the-art aquatic center funded by private grants.“I didn’t know that, but that sounds good I guess! But at least we’re gonna enjoy it for the moment," says Williams.
But no longer will residents have to travel far away or pay private pool admission to take a little dip. City officials say the new, state-of-the-art aquatic center should be up and running by May of 2013.