Saulsbury donates $100,000 towards Balmorhea pool repairs

ODESSA -- A local business is helping in a big way to bring back a beloved state park.

On Thursday the Saulsbury Corporation made a $100,000 donation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation's fund for repairs at the Balmorhea State Park.

“Saulsbury is proud to help contribute to the fund to repair of one of West Texas’ most beloved pools” said Bubba Saulsbury, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy at Saulsbury in a release. “As an Odessa-based company, many of our employees have spent time at the iconic pool in West Texas over the years. Through our support, we look forward to seeing the community enjoy the park for many generations to come.”

That donation will be matched by the Apache Corporation, which announced in August that it would be matching any and all gifts dollar to dollar up to $1 million.

Park officials tell CBS7 that they hope for the pool renovations to be finished by mid-January and for the pool itself to be reopened by mid-February.

This money will be going towards a TPWF fund to raise a total of $2 million for pool repairs. Donations can be made online here.

The Balmorhea State Park pool was closed back in May after significant damage was discovered during annual cleaning. Park officials say that the concrete apron under the diving board was damaged. The apron is used to stabilize the walls of the pool from erosion.