$11 million for East Dallas pools in new aquatics plan

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The Dallas Park Department presented its revised preliminary aquatics plan to City Council members this week, and it calls for extensive renovations for two neighborhood pools.

The Samuell Grand Park pool would become a $7.5-million “regional aquatics center,” and the Tietze Park pool would get a $3.5-million renovation in the city’s newly revised plan.

An old plan, written in 2012 and approved by the park board in 2014, called for closing all of the city’s aging pools, including Tietze, in favor of three water parks and five new community pools.

This new plan, funded by the sale of parkland at Lake Ray Hubbard, would cost about $52.8 million to implement.

The renovations at Tietze could include creating a “beach entry” with a slope instead of steps, a wading pool for small children and more. The Samuell Grand makeover could include water-park features as well as a lap pool. A community meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at Samuell Grand Recreation Center. Neighborhood input will determine what amenities the pools will have.

The plan taps the Samuell Grand pool as one of three regional aquatics centers because it’s in a large park with many amenities and is conveniently located from a regional perspective. Last year, it was the fifth most-used city pool with just under 9,000 visitors.

The Tietze pool was built in 1957 and also is one of the most-used city pools, drawing 10,397 visitors in 2014.


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  • Marie A.

    Public pools suck, unless you like giardia.

  • Val England

    I grew up in public swimming pools. Tietze, Vickery and Highland Park/University Park. I learn to swim in the public pools, Red Cross swim lessons in the neighborhood parks, Lakewood and Trammel. I would love to see these pools back in the local parks. A great way to build long term friendships. A great place for families.
    My dad tried to get us to join the country club and we refused. We told him we wanted to swim with everyone in our Lakewood neighborhood. I like the concepts of neighborhood pools.
    I think the splash parks are great. Kids love them. I also think adults would benefit from indoor pools but the outdoor pools are just plain COOL.

  • Marvin Hought

    Dallas needs indoor pools through Parks & Rec. Since outdoor pools here are not heated swim season is actually rather short. May is still cool, June often brings rain; that leaves July/August and maybe part of September.

  • Jeff Veazey

    I guess it isn’t clear yet whether the pool at Samuel East Grand would be heated or possibly bubbled for year round use. “Regional Aquatics Center” sounds like a bold, big, multi-user, facility, as big or bigger than the newer facilities in Plano, Allen, Lewisville, Frisco, Southlake, etc. If Dallas is up to finally helping at risk kids learn to swim, with classes, teams, youth through elder aquatics, for the whole community, then this will be a true gift to the city. I just never imagined you could do all that for $7.5 million.