Join us on Sunday, Sept. 5 between 12 and 6 p.m. for a celebration of the historic Texas Pool throughout the years. There will be food trucks, games, giveaways and more throughout the day.
The Texas Pool was envisioned in 1959 when Plano was mostly undeveloped ranchland. Famous Texan Herbert Hunt urbanized the area that would today become Dallas’ Telecom Corridor. As a centerpiece for Plano’s new development, a 168,000-gallon saltwater pool shaped like the great State of Texas was created. The Texas Pool was constructed from a design drawn into the Texas terra firma with a mesquite stick. It opened to the general public in 1961 and the Miss Plano Pageant was held at the Texas Pool that summer. Mr. Hunt named the surrounding neighborhood “Dallas North Estates” because he figured nobody would “know where in the heck Plano was.”
Generations of Texans learned to swim, shared summers, and created memories at the Texas Pool. Then in 2013, the Texas Pool Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation, was established for the purpose of preserving the Texas Pool facility and for community outreach. The Foundation provides for the preservation of the Texas Pool and promotes community-building events with access to swim safety education. The Texas Pool Foundation helped to get the pool listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Texas Pool is a vital link between Plano’s past, present and future. Please help us celebrate all of the volunteers, lifeguards, members and guests throughout the years who spent their summers swimming across Texas. With support from the community, the historic Texas Pool will continue to be a community gathering place and legendary landmark for Texas-sized fun in the sun!