As of this Friday, it’s pool time — and we don’t mean billiards.

The city-owned swimming pool — known as The Plunge at Oakdale Park — will be open to the public starting May 29. The Glen Rose City Council on Tuesday voted (5-0) to allow the pool to open, in compliance with the latest COVID-19 guidelines and precautions issued by Gov. Greg Abbott.

No more than 125 swimmers may be accommodated at a time to allow for social distancing, according to The Plunge website.

City Administrator Michael Leamons said that the usual lawn chairs will not be in place around the pool, also because of the COVID-19 precautions. However, those using the pool can bring their own lawn chairs and/or blankets.

The pool will have four lifeguards on duty at any given time. It will be open from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sundays. The pool will be closed on Mondays.

The pool can be reserved by groups for parties, to be scheduled in the evenings after 7.


The City Council also voted unanimously on Monday to approve a bid of $85,951.82 from Area Wide Paving for the Mary Lynn Drive paving project.

Also decided by a 5-0 vote, Holly Water Wells had a winning bid of $133,100 for the drilling and installation of a new water well for the city.

And in a preliminary budget workshop near the end of Tuesday’s meeting, Council members voted (5-0) to include several capital improvement projects in the upcoming budget discussions, Leamons said.