Texas

Balmorhea State Park Pool Meets $2 Million Goal For Repairs

The goal has been met thanks to a $1 million contribution from Houston-based Apache Corporation.

Lane Norton of Carlsbad, N.M., dives into the spring-fed swimming pool at Balmorhea State Park in Toyahvale, Texas, Saturday, July 15, 2006.

A Houston based oil and gas company has donated $1 million to reach the fundraising goal for repairs to the Balmorhea State Park pool, which is touted as the world's largest spring-fed swimming pool.

About $2 million in repairs continue at Balmorhea State Park pool and executives with Apache Corporation presented a check Thursday to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation in Austin.

The historic pool, located about 550 miles west of Houston, 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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