If Texas’ major cities were ranked by the availability of public pools, Fort Worth would be dead last.
The city has just two public pools for its more than 870,000 residents, though it is working out deals with partners like the YMCA to increase resident access to swimming facilities. Nearby Dallas has 20 public pools. Austin has 40.
How the city ended up with such a dearth in swimming holes is a combination of history, budgets and timing.