The Travis County Parks Department is looking at new ways to keep swimmers safe at Hamilton Pool.
The pool is closed indefinitely after a pair of drownings and another close call in the past few months. Park officials said they do want to reopen the pool, but first they need to get to the bottom of what's causing those incidents.
“Getting with the City of Austin and some folks from the national recreation parks association, and try to have someone come out and define what hazards are or are not at the pool,” said Dan Perry, Travis County Parks District County Manager.
Travis County Parks discussed options at their weekly meeting Tuesday, which included hiring lifeguards and expanding a loaner life jacket program.
Perry told KVUE the conditions at the pool are always changing because it is natural and water flows change. Hamilton Pool is more than 20 feet deep in some spots, and swimmers are often unable see all the way to the bottom.