May 25, 2022 503 PM
MARFA — The Marfa Activities Center (MAC) Pool, which has been closed to the public since May 2020, is set to reopen May 31 for the summer swimming season.
The pool will remain open until August 6. At the latest city council meeting, City Manager Mandy Roane reported that pool bathrooms were being cleaned up and repaired by the public works department and would be good to go in time for the reopening.
Admission will be $3 for adults, $1 for kids and seniors, $50 for adult passes for the summer, $25 for kids and seniors passes for the summer, and $75 for five-member family passes for the summer. The age limit for unaccompanied children remains at age 8 or older.
Pending proper staffing, the facility will be open to the public five days a week from Tuesday through Saturday and will be available to rent for private parties on Sundays.
The tentative daily schedule will be lap swim from 10 to 11 a.m., water aerobics from 11 a.m. to noon, closed for lunch from noon to 1p.m., and open swim for the remainder of open hours from 1 to 6 p.m. The city will post pool updates on their website and The Big Bend Sentinel will provide more information as it becomes available.
Sunday rentals will run $150. The city is not yet taking reservations for private pool parties, and is set to discuss a pool rental agreement and swimming waivers for minors at their next city council meeting this Thursday.
The city will soon host a special meeting and workshop, involving the public, proposed for 6 p.m. June 15 at the MAC building, to garner further feedback about the pool and the entire facility, which was recently the subject of a feasibility study. This will be the second public meeting the city has hosted to discuss the public’s wishes for the pool, the last one was held in February.
The pool, which is leaking and experiencing other significant structural issues, was originally built in the 1960s. A public survey recently circulated by the city revealed that residents favored the option of an indoor pool, featuring lap lanes, a children’s area, waterslide and diving board that would be open all year.
Depending on whether a renovation to the existing pool or a complete overhaul of the entire MAC facility is chosen, the project could cost anywhere from $1.04 to $4.5 million dollars, according to George Deines of aquatic design, planning and operations company Counsilman-Hunsaker, which performed the feasibility study and recently presented findings to city officials.