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Old 06-28-2012, 10:03 PM
 
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I know it's summer, and pools are always busy in summer, especially when the kids get out for summer. But I just got back to the DFW area after being gone for about 10 years. 10 years ago, the pools were pretty busy in the summer, but now it's just plain ridiculous - it's not even worth it to go now. Pools are so congested that there's no room to actually swim. It also seems like in the past 10 years, few new public pool facilities have been built. In the Wylie area where I'm looking to live, there are hardly any pools, and the ones that do exist are crammed elbow to elbow. I can't even go swimming at indoor pools, as they are also packed. Why on Earth are there so few public pool facilities in this area? It's Texas, come on! There were pools everywhere in California, where I just came from, and they were never very crowded, even in the summer. Yet over here, public pools seem very scarce. It makes no sense! Why more businesses don't open up public pool facilities in this area truly baffles me. They'd make a killing. As a business owner myself, I'm tempted to tap into this market... It also seems few new houses are built with pools in the past 10 years.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:18 PM
 
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I know it's summer, and pools are always busy in summer, especially when the kids get out for summer. But I just got back to the DFW area after being gone for about 10 years. 10 years ago, the pools were pretty busy in the summer, but now it's just plain ridiculous - it's not even worth it to go now. Pools are so congested that there's no room to actually swim. It also seems like in the past 10 years, few new public pool facilities have been built. In the Wylie area where I'm looking to live, there are hardly any pools, and the ones that do exist are crammed elbow to elbow. I can't even go swimming at indoor pools, as they are also packed. Why on Earth are there so few public pool facilities in this area? It's Texas, come on! There were pools everywhere in California, where I just came from, and they were never very crowded, even in the summer. Yet over here, public pools seem very scarce. It makes no sense! Why more businesses don't open up public pool facilities in this area truly baffles me. They'd make a killing. As a business owner myself, I'm tempted to tap into this market... It also seems few new houses are built with pools in the past 10 years.
Things like lots of public pools are a tiny reason why California is in apocalyptically bad financial shape right now.
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Old 06-28-2012, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Dallas area, Texas
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Cities in this area are closing pools because they don't have the funds to maintain or staff them.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:04 AM
 
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In the suburbs, "all" the HOAs have their own private pools and folks not in an HOA put their own pool in. Heck, even folks who live in an HOA with a community pool will still put them in their backyards. In the city - people just have them in their back yards (if they can afford it). Most people who actual vote at the local level (look at that demographic) aren't going to want their city counsel to spend the money. Several communities do have 'splash parks' (water jets squirting up) - easier to maintain, no staff. But there are "family friendly" cities that have what your looking for Outdoor Waterpark Flower Mound Community Activity Center and of course there are the big water parks - Hawaiian Falls Waterpark! Garland The Colony Mansfield Roanoke Waco, Texas. So, yes, companies have built facilities that are 'public' (but not publically subsidized - ok, their water bills are probably subsidized to make up for the tax revenue...etc. etc...)

So, IMO we have few public pools because the "weathy" folks have theirs and don't want to subsidize for the rest of the folks. No judgement - just is. In CA, the government steps in and tells the "weathy" folks to subsidize the community pools and that gets you....where you are...

BTW - it's not just a Dallas thing - look at the northern suburbs of Atlanta (Alpharetta) - also warm and toasty - only 1 public pool for the whole city (like Flower Mound).

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Old 06-29-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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What the others said.

Richardson has multiple public pools, but it's the exception rather than the norm.

City of Richardson, TX : Aquatics

We're working with one fewer pool this year due to a big new rec center/pool being built at an existing rec/aquatics center in Heights Park.

The newer suburbs have tons of neighborhood pools but they're HOA-controlled. Dallas has lots of public pools but due to budget problems a lot of them are bone-dry throughout the summer. They may get a wild hair and fill them for 4th of July but seeing as it falls on a Wednesday this year, I doubt it.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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I've never personally been to Wylie, but on a map it looks like it's close enough to OakPoint Rec Center in Plano. The times I've been there, it's not been what I would consider crowded. It's $3 a day or so per person, and has an indoor part and outdoor part with a small waterpark.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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Most apartment communities, residential communities and big gyms have their own pools. Almost all luxury and many average homes have their private pools. There are many swim schools which also offer public swimming hours. Some cities like Plano have huge swimming pools in all of their recreation centers. Plano also has swim facilities in one of the junior high school. I am not sure about facilities in other towns but there must be some options in every town.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:36 PM
 
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I've never personally been to Wylie, but on a map it looks like it's close enough to OakPoint Rec Center in Plano. The times I've been there, it's not been what I would consider crowded. It's $3 a day or so per person, and has an indoor part and outdoor part with a small waterpark.
Funny, I was there the other day (granted, at about 5 pm), and the outdoor pool was crawling with kids, and the indoor pool had 4-5 people in each swimming lane. Maybe I just need to go earlier in the day. Granted, it was also one of the nicest pool facilities I've ever been to. Plano has some of the best parks and recreation centers of any city I've ever been to.
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:56 AM
 
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I agree that Plano is one suburb that offers a lot to their residents. East Allen also has a nice swimming facility that allows non residents. There is one in Coppell as well.
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Old 06-30-2012, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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We have two public pools in Grapevine and one of them is about to get a major remodel so it will be a mini water park!
City of Grapevine, Texas > Individual Departments > Parks and Recreation > Aquatics
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