Plano’s historic Texas Pool is planning to open its 2020 swimming season June 16. Members are welcome to swim at the pool at any time, as long as the pool does not exceed 50% of its total capacity.
Visitors that are non-members may still drop in and swim – only if space allows – for $10 per person, with no entrance fee for children ages two and younger. The pool will not allow unaccompanied children under age 12, parties or events this summer.
Staff will comply with COVID-19 safety guidelines upon opening. The facility will be emptied and cleaned between time blocks. A plexiglass barrier has been installed at the check-in desk. Loungers and chairs will be spaced six feet apart, and hand sanitizing stations will be available. The snack bar will not be open, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own coolers with food and nonalcoholic beverages.
The Texas-shaped swimming pool first opened in 1961 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places last year. Guests this summer will notice some updates to the historic property. The entire 60-year-old plumbing system was replaced, with a stone path around the edge of the pool installed thanks to a generous grant from the City of Plano’s Heritage Commission. Last year the pool was resurfaced and the original city name tiles were recreated and added to the bottom.
Texas Pool Foundation founder Janet Moos explained that public support for the pool is crucial this summer. “It is important for the public to know that the Texas Pool is a 501c3 nonprofit managed entirely by volunteers who have stepped up to help the pool open under challenging circumstances,” she explained. New operating procedures are proving costly, and the community is urged to support the pool through volunteering, memberships and donations such as bottled water or cleaning supplies.
Editor’s note: This story was updated June 9 with The Texas Pool’s newest reopening policies. A previous version of this article stated that the pool would utilize an online reservation system for members, which is no longer the case.The Texas Pool >
The Texas Pool
901 Springbrook Dr
Plano, TX 75075