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The swimming pools were required to close spring of 2020 due to Dallas County’s Safter at Home order that mandated all non-essential operations cease activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
In February 2021, Winter Storm Uri impacted Texas, and temperatures did not rise above freezing for three days in a row. The weather conditions caused several plumbing fixtures and pipes to burst at Lee Park Pool, making the facility inoperable.
In early 2021 into 2022, there was a national lifeguard shortage that impacted recruitment of seasonal staff. The city did not have enough lifeguards to reopen Lively Pool.
In early 2022, the City of Irving contracted with a third-party to assess the state of Lee and Lively Parks Pools. The assessment highlighted several facility issues that included the following:
Yes, to address all issues and become fully operational would cost between $5.3 to $6.1 million for both facilities.
View the 2022 Lee and Lively Parks Pools Assessment Report.
Yes, the 2019 Parks and Recreation Master Plan highlighted the age, operational challenges and poor attendance of the traditional seasonal pools. A recommendation was made to explore moving away from the traditional swimming pool model to more modern aquatic amenities.
View the Master Plan.
The Parks and Recreation Department is commissioning a third-party feasibility study to identify current recreation and aquatic trends that might be applicable to future projects in Irving.
This study will solicit community input and provide options for future consideration. Funding will have to be secured prior to the approval of any future development at the sites.
Yes, both facilities have a pool within a 3-mile radius: