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The Average City Pool is 40 Years Old - Give Your Input on a Reboot

Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

The City of Austin wants to hear from people who use the city’s pools and splash pads – and from those who don’t.

The city is putting together an assessment of its aquatics facilities. The average age of one in Austin is about 40 years old.

"It'd be very informative for anybody – someone who uses the pool once a year, or someone who comes to the pool daily. We want to just get that input and have that resource to be able to make long-term plans," says Tom Nelson, Division Manager for the Austin Parks and Recreation Department.

The city wants to know if admission prices are too high, or if people want to see new restrooms or more shade at pools.

"The trend in the aquatic industry is facilities that are being put in the ground right now have more shade," Nelson said. "If you look at some of the older pools that we have, a lot of them don't have any type of shade or any seating or anything. Those are amenities that we've had to add through the years."

Suggestions from people at a series of public meetings this week could end up in a future bond proposition or budget proposal.

There's also an online survey.

Tuesday, Aug. 20:

Bowie High School Cafeteria

  • 6:00-6:30 p.m. – Open House
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Public Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 21:

LBJ High School Cafeteria

  • 6:00-6:30 p.m. – Open House
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Public Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 22:

Dove Springs Recreational Center

  • 6:00-6:30 p.m. – Open House
  • 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Public Meeting
Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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