Photo courtesy Balmorhea State Park/Facebook
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (TPWF) is making a final push for donations to match a $1 million challenge grant provided by Apache Corporation to make repairs to the spring-fed pool at Balmorhea State Park.
“We greatly appreciate the generous support of our partners in West Texas who have stepped up to support this iconic destination for Texas families from near and far,” said Apache Corporation CEO John Christmann. “These businesses and individuals have demonstrated the collective impact we can have when we all work together. We hope all those who have ever enjoyed the pool at Balmorhea State Park will consider doubling their impact through Apache’s dollar for dollar match.”
TPWF established the fund to raise the money needed for the $2 million repair when Apache Corporation stepped forward with the challenge grant.
Thanks to several large donations and pledges from Texas companies and the generosity of hundreds of individuals, $625,000 has been raised so far.
Saulsbury announced a $100,000 donation to the fund last week. Generous donations have also been made by several other Texas companies, including McCoy Remme Ranches, Legend Energy Services, Pioneer Energy Services, and Patterson-UTI Drilling Company.
“We’ve received nearly 400 individual donations for this project,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation Executive Director Anne Brown. “The response demonstrates how much people love the Balmorhea pool, where generations of Texans have enjoyed its cool, clear waters. We are grateful for Apache’s generosity and for all the donations we’ve received so far. We hope to close the year out by meeting the $2 million goal.”
The pool at Balmorhea State Park was closed in early 2018 following a structural collapse of a wall caused by years of erosion from the flow of water from the springs. The repairs to the pool at Balmorhea State Park are ongoing.
The pool is expected to re-open in early 2019.