Blue Hole in Wimberley to reopen Saturday after floods

Noelle Brimble, 14, of Austin, cools off at  Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley, in this 2011 file photo.  (Austin American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez)
Noelle Brimble, 14, of Austin, cools off at Blue Hole Regional Park in Wimberley, in this 2011 file photo. (Austin American-Statesman/Rodolfo Gonzalez)

A glimmer of good news from Wimberley – beloved Blue Hole Regional Park survived the floods without major damage.

The Blue Hole in Wimberley will open to the public on Saturday. (Larry Kolvoord/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
The Blue Hole in Wimberley will open to the public on Saturday. (Larry Kolvoord/AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Officials plan to reopen the popular cypress-lined swimming hole to the public Saturday. Right now, they’re still letting the grassy area surrounding the creek, which is still slightly squishy, dry out.

And if you’ve seen pictures on Facebook allegedly showing the park in a state of destruction, pay no mind. Photos making the rounds via social media aren’t of the Blue Hole, says park manager Lauren Shrum.

“The park fared well,” Shrum says. “We had flooding in the swimming area, but nowhere near the amount of water or force that the Blanco (River) suffered. No trees were damaged and we had minimal damage to our dock.”

That’s because Cypress Creek – and not the Blanco River – forms the shady swimming oasis. The water rose about 5 feet above flood level on May 23, but receded later that night. It flooded a second time on Memorial Day, but again receded.

Ryan Dike swings into the Blue Hole in this file photo. (Alberto Martinez / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Ryan Dike swings into the Blue Hole in this file photo. (Alberto Martinez / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The rest of the 126-acre park, which includes playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, picnic areas, a basketball court and pavilion, is already open. Admission is $9 ($5 for youth, seniors and military).

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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