A brand new water-powered swimming pool is being installed in downtown Dallas.
The new water fountain, which was commissioned in October and opened in January, is part of the Dallas Waterfront Park District’s $3 billion project to replace an old swimming pool and an aging water tower.
The project is part and parcel of a $2 billion plan to modernize the downtown core and bring about $1.8 billion in new jobs.
The new pool is one of a handful of projects being funded by the city, which has a $100 million budget for the year that begins July 1.
The pool’s name is “Swimming Pool” and the lights are designed to reflect sunlight, said Matt Jones, project manager for the park district.
A light bar on the backside of the pool lights up to five spots on the pool.
Each spot lights up for about 20 minutes.
“It’s the kind of thing you could just put in your garage,” Jones said.
“It’s like a giant light.
We wanted something to look at.”
The pool is in the middle of a new mixed-use development, the Dallas Downtown Crossing, with a new building and a mix of commercial and residential properties.
It’s about 1,600 square feet of retail space and parking for up to 200 cars.
“The project was a natural fit for the neighborhood,” said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings.
“This project is a great example of how we can bring jobs to Dallas and revitalize the heart of downtown.”