Corpus Christi’s Bill Witt Park on Southside is getting swimming pool

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that the design of the proposed pool at Bill Witt Park is slated to be finished in late 2022. A previous version of this story stated an incorrect project timeline. 

Corpus Christi’s District 5, known as the Southside, doesn’t have a public pool to serve the community. 

That is slated to change in the coming years.

The city has been working to construct a pool at Bill Witt Park, a city park located off Yorktown Boulevard, since it started planning its 2020 bond program. 

Fall 2020, voters approved the City of Corpus Christi’s Bond 2020 Program of $75 million allocated for 42 projects. Roughly $1 million was called to fund the pool’s design and other park improvements.

During its regular meeting Tuesday, City Council approved awarding a $798,000 design, bid and construction phases contract to Austin-based Kimley-Horn for the project. 

A request for bids has been put out for capital improvements at Bill Witt Park in Corpus Christi. The request includes a dog park, pavilion, demolition of three abandoned buildings and structures and sports league upgrades.

The contract is for the design of one competition pool with restrooms, lockers and supporting infrastructure at Bill Witt Park.

Looking forward, city staff also want to propose other amenities for the project, including a separate recreational pool with play features, buildings, site improvements, parking, seating areas and shade structures.

The final design will be determined by feasibility and pricing. 

The Southside area is continuing to grow. Its population increased by more than 35,000 people — to 117,029 — from 2000 to 2018, according to its city area development plan. That’s more than twice the average growth rate for Corpus Christi. 

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