Swim Cheap

Fort Worth partners with NRH20 and Burger's Lake

Public swimming options in and around Fort Worth might not be plentiful this summer, but they are cheap.

Well, not as cheap as free at city parks, but close.

Since the city closed six of seven pubic park pools, it struck a deal with NRH20 and Burger Lake and arranged for admission discounts to the two amusements.

Frolic at NRH20 for one-third the regular price, or $8 a head, for people taller than 48 inches. Children younger than 2-years-old get in free. No word on the price for a 2-year-old who stands 49 inches tall.

Meanwhile, over at Burger's Lake, admission costs $6 for people 7 and older, and $2.50 for kids 6 and younger.

How, you might ask, did a city that had to close public pools because of budgetary problems subsidize these discount? The money had to come from somewhere because the respective managements of the commercial parks didn’t do this out of the goodness of their respective hearts.

Private donations through the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce back the subsidies, and the discounted tickets — limited in numbers — come with a catch.

First, anyone trying to capitalize on the offer must show proof of residence with a valid driver’s license or a water bill and a valid photo ID. They can’t buy advance tickets online, only a max of four at the facility, and once the subsidy runs out so does the offer.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He would not be so cruel as to subject an unsuspecting public to his swimsuited body.

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