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Historic Forest Park Pool will reopen after $15 million overhaul

The 100-year-old pool underwent a major facelift. See what swimmers can expect this summer.

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Renovations are almost complete on the new Forest Park Pool.

Photo courtesy of the City of Fort Worth

It’s been a long, hot wait, but the renovations to Forest Park Pool are nearly complete. The city’s oldest aquatic facility opened in 1922 and has been through multiple rounds of renovations in the last 102 years — including an $15 million overhaul that broke ground in early 2023.

While the pool was closed last summer, residents jumped into these 12 other swimming holes and reminisced about their favorite pool memories.

Forest Park Pool

Out with the old, in with the new. | Photo via the City of Fort Worth

What to expect

In just a few days, swimmers and sunbathers will be splashing around at the new facility complete with:

  • A 50-meter competition lap pool with starting blocks
  • A leisure pool with a zero-depth entry that extends to 3.5 ft deep
  • A top slide and play structure
  • A 20-ft-tall tween slide
  • All new equipment including chemical and mechanical rooms with chemical controls, UV sanitation units, filters, pumps + plumbing
  • An expanded bathhouse with locker rooms, offices, storage, and lifeguard room
  • All new landscaping and rock benches

“The old Forest Park Pool put in its years. I’m looking forward to people getting to experience the newly minted state-of-the art facility,” Cory Stuhmer, the aquatics coordinator of the city’s Park and Recreation department, said.
The city will cut the ribbon on the new facility on Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. — just in time for Memorial Day weekend. Residents can dive in to free swim time starting at 12 p.m. on Saturday.

Know before you go

  • 2024 season: Weekends only through June 9 | Tuesday-Sunday, June 11-Aug. 11 | Saturday + Sunday, Aug. 17-Sept. 2 (Labor Day)
  • Hours: Swim team practice and lessons, 5:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. | Free swim, 12-6 p.m.
  • Admission: $5 for children | $6 for adults | $4 for seniors + military
  • Proper swim attire is required.