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News Release
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Grand Opening of the Lasker Park Community Swimming Pool to Be Held on August 15th

GALVESTON, Texas – On August 15th at 11 a.m. the doors will open to the grand opening festivities for Galveston’s first community swimming pool. A historic moment for the City, the $4.1 million project will provide residents with a state-of-the-art facility, which includes a recreational pool with kid-friendly play structures and a body slide, as well as an eight-lane short course yard pool for hosting swim meets.

This new addition to the Galveston Parks System will give the City the ability to provide fitness classes and swimming lessons. It will also provide the opportunity to offer community safety courses, such as first aid, CPR and lifeguard training. Funding for the project is being provided by the Industrial Development Corporation, Better Parks for Galveston, a grant from Texas Parks & Wildlife, the Neighborhood Revitalization Fund and numerous foundation grants and private donations.

“This community swimming pool shows the tenacity of the people of Galveston. They set a goal that had never been accomplished before and saw it through to completion as a team,” said Mayor James D. Yarbrough. “This facility will bring joy to Galveston families for years to come.”

The pool will open on Friday August 4th to public, in advance of the grand opening. During this period, entry fees to the pool will be waived while staff works to ensure that all operations run smoothly.

The pool’s grand opening ceremonies will offer remarks from those who made this project possible as well as City officials, followed by a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 11:30 a.m. The festivities will also include refreshments provided by Better Parks for Galveston from noon – 3:00 p.m. 

Fees, Hours of Operation, & Rules

·         The Lasker Park Community Pool will officially open Friday August 4th at 11:00 a.m. Entry fees to the pool will be waived through August 15th.

·         The pool will be closed on Tuesday August 8th for additional training for staff.

·         With the exception of Tuesday the 8th, the pool will be open Tuesday’s through Sunday’s from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through Labor Day.

·         After Labor Day, the facility will be open on weekends from 11 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through October 31st, 2017. A fall schedule for the lap pool hours of operation will be released in the near future.

·         The proposed fee structure is outlined above and will be voted on by Council on August 10th. Proof of residency (government or GISD issued ID) will be required to receive the resident rate.

A full list of rules for the new facility can be found on our website at

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