$2M goal met to repair Balmorhea State Park pool in Texas

Published 01-24-2019

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An oil and gas company operating in West Texas has donated $1 million to reach the fundraising goal for repairs to what's touted as the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool.

About $2 million in repairs continue at Balmorhea (bal-mor-RAY') State Park pool. Executives with Apache Corporation on Thursday presented a check to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation in Austin.

The historic pool, located 120 miles (193 kilometers) southwest of Midland, has been closed since last May after a partial collapse during cleaning. Experts blamed erosion linked to flow from San Solomon Springs.

Officials in August announced a fundraising effort for repairs to the pool built by the federal Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s.

Apache on Thursday pledged an additional $1 million for an endowment for Balmorhea State Park.

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