The City of Amarillo Parks & Recreation Department will host a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the new Thompson Park Pool. 

The event begins at 1 p.m. at Thompson Park, located north of Wonderland Park on East Chaparral Drive. 

The $8 million pool project is scheduled to take approximately eight months to complete, with the grand opening tentatively set for Memorial Day 2021, according to a city news release.

The original Thompson Park Pool opened in 1931. Following multiple repair and renovation projects through the decades, the pool was closed due to structural issues in December 2018.

After months of discussion and public engagement opportunities, Amarillo City Council approved the state-of-the-art pool facility in May. The new facility will include a zero-edge entry main pool, lazy river, slides, concession/restroom building, pump-house building, a new parking lot, sidewalks, planting and irrigation.

The new Thompson Park Pool will be one of the largest public pools of its kind in the Texas Panhandle.

“Thompson Park Pool is more than just an aqua park. The proposed facility will become a key feature in the Amarillo community and will offer the surrounding community a positive economic impact for decades to come,” said City of Amarillo Director of Parks and Recreation Michael Kashuba. “Our citizens are going to be amazed with this facility.

“I am grateful to Amarillo City Council for its support of this project and for the residents that helped us determine what this facility will look like and how it would best serve our city. It is going to serve our community well. We are excited to enjoy it next summer.”