Amid a crowd of enthusiastic swimming athletes, community members, and elected officials, the City of Pharr broke ground on the Pharr Natatorium Sept. 27. The Pharr Natatorium is a years-in-the-making project in partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District.
“My son is an avid swimmer and my wife and I have had the privilege of cheering him on during many competitions,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez. “I have seen the sport grow not only amongst the students and children of Pharr but throughout the Rio Grande Valley.”
As city leaders began discussing the idea, they began thinking of potential partners that would also benefit from the facility. Pharr continues to lead the way in collaborative efforts and innovative partnerships with local educational institutions. It has partnered with UTRGV and PSJA ISD to bring this natatorium to fruition while benefiting student-athletes and academics alike.
Sports and education combine
UTRGV plans to construct a Sports Medicine Institute adjacent to the facility. Here medical students will practice, learn and work with the community to provide sports medicine therapy and care. Additionally, PSJA ISD athletes will use the natatorium for swimming practices and competitions.
The facility will feature an Olympic-size swimming pool, diving facilities and spectator seating, among other amenities.
“I am proud of the teamwork and efforts we have all contributed as a collective group while working to make the natatorium a reality,” Hernandez added. “I am especially proud of the legacy our city leadership is creating for our future students, families, athletes and medical students. Pharr is transitioning into an educational hub, providing more opportunities than ever to our community and working with our many local institutions and partners to foster a college-going culture and unlimited possibilities for our students here in the Rio Grande Valley.”