WINTERS - The pool at Winters' City Park is no more and will not open this year, much to the dismay of citizens who count on the pool for cooling off on hot summer days each year.

WINTERS - The pool at Winters’ City Park is no more and will not open this year, much to the dismay of citizens who count on the pool for cooling off on hot summer days each year.

According to Winters Water Superintendent Todd Choate, the pool has outlived its usefulness - and the maintenance required to get it up and running is too costly.

The pool, which was built 64 years ago, is set to be completely rebuilt or replaced Choate explained.

“We are looking to tear that one out and will open up next summer with either a new pool or a splash pad,” Choate said.

He said crews have been attempting to get the pool working for the past several weeks, however, it has a problem holding water.

The pool is 100 feet by 40 feet in size, and is designed to hold 180,000 gallons of water.

“It is leaking,” Choate explained adding that the issue is with a valve that is buried 11 feet under ground.

Choate said that he has already presented the issue to city officials and that he is getting preliminary designs and costs together for the city officials to consider.

But he did not know which options may be on the table because it is too early to tell. However, he did say there would be a new water feature of some kind in the future.

“Kids need something to do,” he said.

For now, residents will either have to take a dip in the city’s lake or travel to Ballinger to swim in the pool at City Park. The pool in Ballinger is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1-5:45 p.m. and the cost is $2 per day per swimmer.

And meanwhile, officials with Winters are still making plans on what to do.

Choate said he is hopeful the solution will be a brand new pool.

“Whatever we do, we will have something better," Choate said.