College Station residents concerned about the fate of Thomas Park pool

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) Thursday the College Station City Council will hear suggestions for improvements to Thomas Park.

The pool at Thomas Park was closed last fall. City officials said it was losing 200,000 gallons of water per month because of cracks in the wall and other equipment. They said repairs would reportedly cost about $685,000.

Last week, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board voted to make changes to the park. That has left some residents concerned.

"Some of the features that they want to install here, like covering the picnic tables or the tennis courts, those are really nice but none of us think that's more important than the pool,” said Patsy Johnson, a College Station resident.

Recently the city used a survey to get feedback from residents on what they wanted to see happen to the park.

“Seventy-four percent of people indicated on the survey that they want a pool to replace our pool that was closed. We want our pool back,” said Johnson.

Others like Diane Davis want their voices heard.

"The part that I want is a comprehensive plan that is put together with neighborhood input, not only just the survey, which indicates basically we want a pool. The pool has to be the center of this comprehensive plan,” said Davis.

"We'll take those concerns under consideration but again, nothing has been decided and nothing, I don't believe will be decided this coming Thursday," said Councilman Jerome Rektorik.

The Thomas Park Improvements Master plan will be presented during the workshop at City Hall Thursday at 5:00 p.m.